Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Wheel Quilt - the Pattern!
Earlier this March, I shared the Whimsy Wheel baby quilt, which was actually my second go at this pattern I developed for Curves Class.
This is my first version - the Scrappy Color Wheel quilt, which was inspired in part by all the many color wheel and scrappy wheel quilts I've seen over the years. My goal in developing my own version was to make a pattern that sews up with streamlined curved piecing, not applique, and is made from templates that can print easily on standard paper.
I started with a circle of color. Even though I knew I'd make the wedges from scraps, I used my yardage to pin down the shade I had in mind for each wedge.
Then, as the Scrap Attack Quilt Along got well under way, I let the scrap-quilting bug work its way out in this pile of rainbow wedges. At this point I had yet to develop the final templates for the Wheel quilt. I was mostly winging it! Brandon did the drafting for me on all the Curves Class projects, whenever a computer-generated template was needed. The Wheel Quilt went through about 5 or 6 versions before we had produced template pieces that both pleased me and fit on 8.5" x 11" paper. He wanted you to know that, LOL! Yes, he was a saint.
Once the templates were complete, transforming this stack of scrappy goodness into a finished quilt top was almost shockingly easy.
Which is why I had to make another one.
If you can sew a drunkard's path block, the sewing on this quilt is going to be easy as pie. It's a good project, in my opinion, for a beginner to intermediate quilter that's interested in working with curves. There are only 8 curves total to sew in this Single Wheel version, so even if they are a challenge, you can muscle through those few. And the finished result is so fun and maybe even a little bit impressive?
I'm releasing the Wheel Quilt pattern for sale today at my pattern shop. The pattern includes detailed instructions for two quilt versions - the Single Wheel (shown) which finishes at 40" square and the 4-Wheel version, which is a 2 x 2 setting of the single wheel (so 4 wheels total) finishing at 80" square. Instructions include fabric requirements for making the quilt from yardage, rather than scraps. My Wheel Quilt pattern is a 23 page pdf file that is delivered via email. It will walk you through the entire process from start to finishing, including basting/quilting/binding, with over 30 helpful photos. Phew! I've done all the work for you, so just grab your scraps or a favorite fat quarter set and ENJOY!
If you have any questions, please let me know. And, as always, thank-you truly for supporting my work!