I designed this quilt wanting to capture the calm of the desert landscape accented as it is by shots of colour appearing in rocks, the sky at sunset, and other gifts of nature. The arrangement of quarter circles in colours that pop has the happy effect of gently drawing the eye around the quilt while maintaining the overall sense of calm. The result is a quilt that many happy quilters have told me is the quilt they are most pleased with having made. This pattern presents a safe opportunity for a quilter to start moving from following patterns to designing your own quilts. Careful instructions guide the reader through the process of achieving a layout that is pleasing to your eye. For those who may wish to follow my layout precisely, a layout is provided. The quilt finishes at 54" x 78".
The fabrics used in all my kits are absolutely the best quality of quilting fabrics. You can find references to the fabric quality in many of the reviews of my kits. This kit is primarily Hoffman and Robert Kaufman batiks, with a couple of printed cottons thrown in. Each kit includes some extra fabric that can be used in the case of a cutting error. The kit includes fabric for top and binding along with the printed pattern.
The design of course translates beautifully into the colour scheme of your choice, so once you've made the kit version of this quilt you may choose to make another version in a completely different palette. The pattern provides advice on fabric selection and the range of colours and values that will best achieve this calm effect punctuated with accents that add interest without being overwhelming. I've included a photo in the pattern-only listing of a quilt made in the colours of Provence by one of my customers... and it is also beautiful!
My patterns have all been tested by several quilters. If you have your favourite tool for cutting quarter circles and quarter circle holes, you will want to use that, however if you don't, the pattern provided includes the templates you'll require for the quilt.
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