Retro Tetro was the first quilt pattern that I ever published. But before that, an earlier version of it was also the first quilt that I ever designed and made. (It’s also my oldest UFO, but let’s ignore that for now!)
My goal was to make a baby blanket that looked like a Tetris game that was going well. All results when I searched for images of “Tetris blanket” showed a major lack of understanding of how the game was played. In fact, they looked like someone was deliberately trying to play the worst game of Tetris possible, making it impossible to get any full rows.
As a non-quilter, I started the design process in PowerPoint. It was my go-to program for drawing geometric shapes, and I knew my way around it very well.
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Y’all know I love a good rainbow quilt! Yet somehow when I saw all the beautiful day-glow colours in my friend Libs Elliott’s Phosphor collection, it didn’t occur to me that they would actually make a really awesome rainbow, until she posted a picture of them all lined up in rainbow order.
I immediately ran over to mock up this baby Vortex quilt and then begged for some fat quarters to make a sample. It was June. It was Pride month. It was the awesome neon quilt that the world needed in that moment!
A quick pair of toddler oven mitts makes a perfect gift, and uses up batting scraps!
When I first started quilting, the best piece of advice I was given was to use starch, and the recipe I was given was similar to this one. Quilting in times of quarantine, DIY starch might be better than nothing.
One of the questions I get most often is how I choose quilting designs. This customer quilt from a few months ago offers a great peek at how I come up with complicated-looking quilting designs that are not that hard to execute.