I Follow A Pattern

And why is that so earth shattering, you may ask? Because for 7, going on 8, years I have made my quilts up or altered the original source so thoroughly it was unrecognizable. However, when I came across Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Cascade quilt in her newest book, “Modern Quilt Magic,” I knew I’d have to follow the directions to have my version work.

Here’s her version.

I cut out the templates from plastic, hauled out my purple and its buddies scrap bin, traced the templates, and started cutting. There is lots of bias in each piece, so gentle handling is the key. As Victoria says, you need only pin in three places before sewing the units together. It also helps to match the registration marks piece to piece, and to mark them to begin with, of course.

When I got to the light fabrics area I had to break into stash, which of course generates more scraps, and explains why scrap bins never get emptied.

My version of Cascade, which I’m calling Church Windows per my husband’s comment, is smaller than Victoria’s. There is a limit to my purple fabrics. I don’t know if I’ll quilt this one myself or send it out. It’s quite bias-y though I’ve stay stitched all the edges.

“Modern Quilt Magic” focuses on partial and set in seams projects, and gives thorough explanations of the processes. You can see a video of some of the techniques here. I appreciated the line drawings of the quilts that you can try out colors on before cutting up your fabric.

I wonder what this pattern would look like in horizontal stripes or diagonal colors? I’d better break out my colored pencils.


Filed under Books, In Process, Modern Quilting

19 responses to “I Follow A Pattern

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  2. Chris Wheeler

    I was going to say I liked your version better than the original… but looking back, both are really exciting, just different. Loving both of them! This is definitely one to play with, will put it on my list as well😊

  3. Wow! That looks like it would require intense concentration.
    As far as the quilting, have you decided what color of thread? Or multiple colors? I am always stumped when I have both light and dark areas — does dark thread give a little zing to the whites? Should I have different threads in different areas? I am interested to hear your thoughts on that issue.

    • As with paper piecing, you need to keep your work flow in order. I put all my cut pieces on my design wall and pulled them off one by one to sew. Oooh, thread color… that depends on whether I’m using a walking foot or FMQ. For the latter I want as much blending in as possible to hide my mistakes. I’ll change thread color for areas with different colors. Then, there’s variegated threads though I don’t like the ones with really long runs of one color. You can’t control which color goes over which fabric with the variegated, so if that’s important, don’t use it. Also, if I want to emphasize some of the piecing, I’ll use more contrasting thread there, and match thread to fabric color in the background. Of course, if you use invisible thread there are no such issues.

  4. Your quilt is striking. I love the gradation and slight diagonal, especially the way it shows in the center lights. I wonder if anyone has done this in, dare I say, raw edge?

  5. Jane

    Beautiful, Joanna! This pattern is good as it is – so many color play opportunities – and also a great start for playing with modifications: flip every other column 180 degrees, alternate values to emphasize the V-shape instead of the arch, build the arches, but quilt to emphasize the V’s, …so many possibilities with no repetition in sight! My stash is calling to me! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks. I did try a layout where I flipped every other column to point down, but decided to go with all pointed up. I think I saw an Instagram post from Wolfe where she seems to be trying the 180 degree thing.

  6. Rosemaryflower

    Yours is very pretty. This might be interesting to play with different colors.
    I do like Church windows. (one of my favorite things to do while sitting in church is looking at the windows, of course, except when you get home and have family discussions about the sermon and you are like, huh? oops)
    I think this pattern is an interesting challenge, there are ways you could just make is scrappy, but it would be fancy scrappy.
    Happy Thursday already

    • Perhaps you could refocus the discussion to the windows. Surely there’s sermon material there. The color scheme I followed was directionally scrappy as I liked the diagonal effects Wolfe put in her version, but I can see lots of scrappy possibilities in this pattern.

  7. It’s absolutely spectacular and Church Windows is the perfect name for it! But it looks so HARD!

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