Magic Quilt

by Laura on March 31, 2011

Magic Quilt

It all started with a gray day and a stack of fat quarters- isn’t that how every magical story begins? The fat quarters were Art Gallery Pure Elements and their stunning bright colors sang their siren song loud and clear. “Quilt me!”, they cried. I could not resist, but I wasn’t sure how to make them even more becoming than they were sitting pretty in their little stack. You are familiar with this problem, no?

I pondered for a bit, and then had that ah-ha moment. “Ah ha!’, I said out loud (I really did!), “The Amazing Disappearing Nine Patch Block!”. That was it! So simple and yet looks so complicated. Perfect. And tricksy!

Magic Quilt

So, I started to work my quilty spells. I cut squares and made nine patches. Cool. Now it was time to make them disappear. I was worried, they looked so pretty- did I really want to make them go away? Yes, I decided. With my wand (a.k.a rotary cutter & grid ruler) in hand, I sliced each block into quarters. Then I rotated each segment and stitched them back together. Abracadabra! They looked even lovelier than before!

Magic Quilt

I added a snow white border, backing fabric from Art Gallery’s Naturella line, and a hot pink binding for extra magic. I hung it right behind our front counter, so I can be enchanted by it’s colorplay every morning when I come into the shop!

Magic Quilt

If you’d like to try this spell (pattern) for yourself, Magic Quilt Top Kits are available in our online & South St. shops. This is completely suitable for Novice Magicians, and a fun trick to have up your sleeve for more experienced Illusionists!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Shirley April 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

That’s really beautiful Laura, and what a great idea.

Tania April 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

This is great!.. So clean and fresh… very tricky…..~
hugs to you all

Laura April 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

Thanks, Shirley! It really is so cheerful!

Laura April 1, 2011 at 10:22 am

Thanks, Tania! Right back atcha!

Subha April 1, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Laura it looks beautiful! Don’t know if you remember – I topic the impromptu sewing class with you a couple of weeks ago when you had recently finished the main top part of the quilt. It is so nice to see the finished product and it is soo beautiful! I picked up two sets of fat quarters while i was there (couldn’t resist, surprise surprise) and am planning on using the same pattern. It will be my first quilt – thanks for the inspiration!

Julie April 1, 2011 at 3:48 pm

3 words for you, Laura: Beau-ti-ful!

Laura April 1, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Thanks, Julie! I wish you could see it in person!

Laura April 1, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Hi Subha! I do remember you, and I’m so glad you’re still sewing up a storm! Send me photos of your quilt if you decide to try it out!

ashley April 1, 2011 at 10:55 pm

neon goodness.

rose April 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

love it it’s beautiful may have to get a kit see you soon rose

Cristina April 2, 2011 at 10:58 am

Wow, Laura! This quilt is supremely happy-making.

Carol April 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Oh, Laura, it’s so gorgeous and full of spring! I love it.

Laura April 4, 2011 at 9:09 am

Thanks, Carol! I think we all could use a little Spring right about now!

Laura April 4, 2011 at 9:11 am

Thanks, Cristina & Rose! I’m thrilled you guys love it!

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