Let’s start the new year off with a bang, shall we? I’ve put together the free pattern for the Parson Gray quilt aka Mr. P’s quilt. I’m calling it Directional. You will be quite pleased, I’m sure, with how easily and quickly it goes together.You may recall, it all started with this fabulous Fat Quarter Bundle. This is Shaman by Parson Gray for Free Spirit. I chose Free Spirit’s Designer Solid in Nugray to balance out the yellow/orange/green side of this collection. Then I started thinking about an easy way to showcase some of these prints. I didn’t want it to be a fussy sort of pattern, the kind with lots of fiddly little bits. It needed to be easy enough for a beginner while providing enough room for experienced quilters to experiment and have fun. To keep things easy, I kept the points away from each other. You don’t have to worry about matching points or seams. I practiced free motion quilting using Superior Threads King Tut (Color 902). However, I can easily envision very detailed free motion quilting on the solid–maybe some dense pebbles. And perhaps the prints quilted with vertical zig zags. It’s a great canvas for quilting.It’s also a great pattern for Kaffe prints. For the Kaffe version, I swapped out the solid for one of my favorites–Paperweight in purple. No more quiet negative space here. It’s all color, all movement. And again, I practiced free motion quilting.These quilts utilized Fat Quarter Bundles. But don’t let that stop you. If a bundle is too much for your fabric budget, you have options. Go together with a couple friends and split the cost three ways. You need a fat quarter bundle with at least 24 prints. The bundle will provide enough for three throw sized quilts. Each of you can choose your own solid or solid substitute and end up with a very different look.
Or, make a scrappy version. Dig through your stash for 24 pieces suitable for strips of 5 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ plus twenty-four 3″ squares. Then select the solid or solid substitute and start cutting. If you really wanted to get serious about stash busting, you could make scrappy “arrows”. Just sew enough pieces together to get your 5 1/2″ x 12 1/2″ rectangle for the “arrow”.
I guess what I’m saying is this…there are lots of options here. So many possibilities, it’s easy to make it your own. Just have fun with it!