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Introducing: Bleachers! A quilt pattern!

April 17, 2012

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Here it is! My first official pattern publishing a design by Angela Walters! Oh, Bleachers quilt. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…

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1) I love that it looks just as great in ‘manly’ Curious Nature fabric as it does in pink Kona solids. It’s a quilt that you could make for a man or for a baby girl… and it would look like a totally different quilt.  The cover version is made from Parson Gray’s (aka David Butler) Curious Nature fabric line. The exact fabrics used are listed inside the pattern. Seriously. That fabric line is fantastic. Incidentally, Moda Bella Etchings Slate gray goes perfectly with it. Kathy and the team at Pink Chalk helped me color match it, since grays can be pretty tricky! I used it in the backing.

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2) I love that the blocks are scaled. But the directions are super easy to understand and the whole thing goes together like a nifty little (easy) puzzle. When Angela and I discussed how I would develop the instructions for her design, I asked her if she envisioned the design looking the same in each size or if she wanted it to have more ‘bands’ on the larger quilts. Luckily, she said “either way” and I got to fiddle with the math and came up with what I think is a pretty awesome little system. Whether you make the baby size or the giant full/queen version, you’ll get the exact same look.

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3)I love the negative space in the design. Hmmm… think Angela did that on purpose to give herself some room to really quilt away? Like all of my patterns, there are many full color images on the inside of the covers to show close ups of her quilting and the variety of samples made by the testers. Like this:

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and this:

4) I love the color options chosen by my testers! Since they get to keep the quilts, I want them to pick colors they really want. They only check in with me to make sure they aren’t all going in the same color direction. I think it adds so much value to the pattern, too, being able to see an actual quilt made in a variety of colors. The pink/orange/yellow solid quilt above was made by Mary Anne. What a fun baby quilt!

The lap size quilt below is a test quilt was made by Carla, who has tested several patterns for me. She picked some Kona coal for the background with natural and curry as the two band fabrics. It doesn’t show in the photo, but she used a great print from Malka Dubrawsky’s line for Moda as the backing. It works perfectly!

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The blue version shown here was made by Melissa. Covering a full or queen bed,  it is large and in charge! My husband nicknamed this one ‘The Royals Quilt’. (He is a true blue Royals fan, I tell you!) I love the shades of blue mixed with the ash gray. Wouldn’t it be a great quilt for a baby boy in the smallest size, too?

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And finally, as always, there is a pieced backing option. Super easy to put together and the directions are so fast and simple that you’ll definitely want to do it.

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So, I have to know. Having shown you a bunch of color options, what colors would YOU use to make this quilt? Itching to start? If you’d like a copy of one of this pattern, you can find a digital copy in my PDF pattern shop or a paper copy at many of the stores listed on the Patterns page under “Where to Buy.” If you’re looking for an online source, Pink Chalk Fabrics carries my whole line of patterns.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 17, 2012 8:37 am

    Looks great! I really like the colors Carla chose and the blue does remind me of the Royals! I have a friend that would love a quilt in Royals colors!

    • Shea permalink*
      April 17, 2012 4:09 pm

      Thanks, Ariane! Seriously, Richie has been pestering me for a couple of years to make a Royals-ish quilt. This one showed up and I think he thought he’d get to keep it!

  2. April 17, 2012 1:30 pm

    The idea of scaling the blocks is really clever!

    • Shea permalink*
      April 17, 2012 4:07 pm

      Thanks! I have some plans for future patterns to do the same. It’s a fun little bit of trickery that I am excited about!

  3. April 17, 2012 4:32 pm

    What a fantastic pattern. It looks great in all the colour options. It would be awesome in batiks!

  4. Paula permalink
    April 17, 2012 6:01 pm

    Oh Shea I love this and the Curious Nature is so perfect. Going to have to make one! at least one…

  5. April 17, 2012 6:07 pm

    LOVE it! This pattern has so many possibilites and looks just as great with prints as with solids.

    • Shea permalink*
      April 17, 2012 11:53 pm

      Thanks so much! I totally agree!

  6. Michelle permalink
    April 17, 2012 9:12 pm

    Any chance you could share the colors of fabrics used in each quilt? Love them all!!

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