Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Arrowheads in the Desert and FREE Pattern

Windham Fabrics has released a new line called Mesa and they asked me to design a western theme quilt. I dug around in my thousands of digital files and rediscovered some applique patterns from a few years past: a cowboy boot and a cactus. I combined these with my Arrowheads Block and came up with Arrowheads in the Desert. What do you think?

Arrowheads in the Desert: 62" x 62"
I love the main print and used it as the backing. Who would want to chop this up?
Mesa print

Let's see those Arrowhead Blocks. I think they're pretty awesome. You can make them with the templates in the pattern or, if you have a set of Tri-Recs rulers (with an 8" height), or my own Arrowheads rulers, or even the Creative Grids triangle rulers. Just two triangles creates these blocks. (These are NOT 60 DEGREE angles!)

Cut triangles and piece a "triangle in a square" block
This technique is popular, but no one makes them as I do, nor do they seem to want to make the resulting blocks square. I have simplified the cutting and piecing and by adding side strips to square up the units, they can now "flip flop" across the face of the quilt.

Adding strips to make the block square

Here are four of the blocks made using some of the Mesa fabrics. See what I mean?

Four Arrowheads blocks, each 12" x 12" finished

Here is a picture of my Arrowhead rulers set (#5 and 6). They are multi-sized with a height of 8".

They come with well illustrated patterns with tip sheets for making a variety of blocks and another quilt. Here is one of my first quilts (2012) made with some pink Windham batiks.

Pink Batik Arrowheads (12" blocks)
And just using the small triangle (instead of both):

Shark's Teeth

Take a visit to the Windham Fabrics site and see the Mesa Collection. Then download my Arrowheads in the Desert with full size templates for the boot, cactus and those triangles!

I spent last weekend sewing 16 blocks (8 Arrowheads, 4 Cactus, 4 modified cowboy boot blocks) and will share that with you soon. And, can you believe it? I made them using only the set of fat quarters Windham sent. Believe me, there was some hair pulling in my studio, but that's the kind of fun I like to have with my fabric!


  1. So darn cute! I have never done an arrowhead block. I will have to try that one. Adding the strip to the arrowhead is a great idea. You always challenge me to think outside the box!

  2. I have never done an arrowhead block. I am not sure I have even heard of that block.

  3. Anxious to try this block also! Sort of reminds me of the delectable mountains block, which is a fave.

  4. I like that line! Makes me homesick. =) Your quilt is a wonderful use of the fabrics.

  5. Hello Debby; I can not even imagine doing what you do and designing these spectacular patterns! I really do like the Arrowheads In the Desert Quilt! It is a the type of pattern that will work for anyone who enjoys the Desert and if you know specific colors they prefer it will be a masterpiece in their eyes.

    Your Arrowhead block is one I would really like to try! I tried searching for your Specialty Ruler Set and could not find them anywhere. May I ask for your assistance in locating them? If they make creating your quilts and quilt blocks easier, I would truly like to own a set! Thank you so much for sharing your superb creativity and excellent tutorials with us! I truly learn a lot and just love all of your creations! Have a great day!

  6. Debby, thank you so much for the Arrowheads templates and your expert cutting and piecing techniques. The added I've downloaded the pattern. Can't wait for the release of the Mesa Collection...there's just not enough southwest prints in this world for me. Adding the side strips to the arrowheads is unique and I will follow your method henceforth. Each block really looks great squared up.


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