You may remember this quilt as a "squirrel" on my design wall last fall. The design had been simmering, in different colors and using different blocks, for quite some time but wasn't quite ready. These fabrics came home and started clamouring to be made into a quilt. Once the design and the fabric met, the quilt almost made itself!
I wrote the pattern with three size options: small throw (44" x 60"), large throw (51" x 75") and twin (64" x 91"). Each one has the same layout, just different size units. For those who like to nest their seams, the pattern includes pressing directions for every seam where direction will assist with nesting.
Thank you to the generous quilters who volunteered to test the pattern for me. Between them, they tested all three sizes so I can be confident that the measurements I give are accurate and that my directions are clear. They offered useful suggestions, and you can thank them for persuading me to add a paper piecing tutorial page for piecing the largest leaf tip unit!
Here are their versions of Blaze:
Terilyn Kennedy is a longarm quilter. You can see her beautiful work on her Facebook page, Stitchin'Post Quilting Studio. I am eager to see how she will quilt Blaze!
Kathleen Ely made this version. Hers has an added feature: the bottom section of background is a different fabric. The top sections suggest forests, and the bottom suggests underbrush. That may be my fault - the initial fabric amounts I had listed fell short, and she didn't have enough of the first fabric. In this case it worked out, but this highlights why I appreciate my testers so much! I'd hate to have released the pattern with that error in it!
Thank you to Cynthia Roberts for this version. I like that background!
Judy blogged about her version twice! Read about piecing the top here and see close-ups off all that lovely quiltting here. You can see she added a bit of length to the zigzags and tumbled the leaves to make the quilt her own.
I think this design would work well with other quilt block designs too. Kathleen mentioned that she liked making just the five blocks - just enough to learn something, but not a large time commitment. How about blues and silvery grays paired with my paper pieced snowflakes for a winter version? Or a flower block for summer? Or five different blocks for a modern sampler?
The pattern is now available as PDF download in my Craftsy shop and in my Payhip shop. If you prefer a printed version, your favourite quit shop can order from Checker or Brewer distributors.