Friday, 30 December 2011

Spiral Quilts

Spiral quilts can be very intricate and involve complicated templates cutting segments from a circle - or they can be dead simple and just involve half square triangle units.

The sample spiral quilt in the photo was made just to show how simple the design can be - yes, I know the colours are a little stark.  You can imagine how it could look with a spiral of a variety of light fabrics and another spiral of a variety of dark fabrics.

I had expected to need plain squares as well as half square triangle units, but in fact the whole design uses half square triangles only.  The initial placement of four half square triangles as shown marks the beginning of the spiral.

From then on it was easy enough to keep adding half square triangle units to continue the spiral.  The section shown was made from just one 4.7/8" strip of each fabric cut across the width of fabric, so it wouldn't take many strips to make a decent sized quilt.

I sewed the patchwork squares together in pairs, then rows and then sewed the rows together.  If I was making a full bed sized quilt I think it would save time to draw the design first so that I could lay the squares out in rows rather than starting from the middle.

The main reason for today's post is of course to wish all of you a Happy New Year.
May 2012 be the year when all your dreams come true.

Best Wishes



SewSurprising said...

Wow, you have made this look so easy :) and I actually like that colour combination :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Ms Rose! Happy New YEar to you and those you love. I need to just slow down, breath and do some of these quilts. Truly. My hands can't do the rags anymore so i'm finishing up what I have and i'll be done with them. Perhaps I shall give some of your a try!! Huggers.

DaisyChain said...

Think I'll do this for my next project. You've inspired me and it looks easy enough for a novice (me) to copy. Many thanks.