In 2017 Windham Fabrics released a 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 appliqué 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?
I love the main print and used it as the backing. Who would want to chop this up?
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 one of my first quilts (2012) made with some pink Windham batiks. I actually still have this quilt. I taught this as a workshop about a dozen times.
|Pink Batik Arrowheads (12" blocks)|
And just using the small triangle (instead of both):
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 just pulled out the quilt top of 16 blocks (8 Arrowheads, 4 Cactus, 4 modified cowboy boot blocks). 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! Here it is:
|My version of Arrowheads in the Desert: 56" x 56"|
I love it! I, too, couldn't bear to cut the fabric and used it as a backing! I like the pattern, both versions, and that you made the block square. I wish I could find some of the coordinates now, but the arrowheads would be great in any fabric line.ReplyDelete