Simple Squared was my first foray into quilt design. In 2008 Fons and Porter’s Easy Quilts magazine had a contest for several issues when the magazine first came on the scene. The contest went sort of like this: design a quilt that can be made in a weekend, the winning quilt and pattern will be featured in the magazine. I love quilt designs where you can’t tell at first glance where the block is, some call this alternate grid structure or lack of visible block structure. Being a disciple of Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle’s work, this was my first “modern” quilt.The first rendition was made from batiks (who knew batiks weren’t modern back in 2008). There just wasn’t enough contrast in value and you really couldn’t see the design, although I love the painterly look of this quilt. It hangs in my living room.
The second attempt was made with Amy Butler’s Belle Collection. I used French Wallpaper in Mustard. This collection has been re-released so this quilt seems very fresh and on trend at the moment. At the time, I thought the quilt was just too busy and I didn’t think it would photograph well. I didn’t bind this quilt until recently. When I did I used my favorite piped machine sewn binding technique. I love this quilt now.
My third, and final attempt was also made with batiks, but this time I got the value right and this is the quilt that I submitted to Fons and Porter. The quilt that won was a very colorful quilt and looked great on the cover. I came in second, but I learned a valuable lesson about submitting quilts to magazines. They need to stand out and photograph well! I haven’t submitted any more quilts for publication but hope to in the future. I hope this inspires you to design a quilt and submit it to a magazine for publication. The design experience was incredibly valuable.
All three quilts were quilted by long arm quilter, Joan Gamble of Sew Artfully Quilted.