Kaye calls herself a “mild-mannered librarian by day, and a sailor-mouthed pattern designer the rest of the time.” Her work has been featured in several books and magazines (including Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays, Stitch Craft Create, and Sew Fresh) and around the web (including Moda Bake Shop and Sew Mama Sew). Kaye teaches sewing classes– including one at the 2013 Sewing Summit– sells quilt and embroidery patterns in her Etsy and Craftsy shops, and runs the blog Miss Print. From following her blog, I can say that she makes beautifully unique quilts! Here’s an example of one. Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics? My favorite quilt is Orion which I made in January 2013. The pattern itself was totally inspired by the fabrics I used: Constellations by Lizzy House. Because of the fabric I started thinking about stars, which led me to thinking about the Orion constellation; that inspired the idea of mixing over-sized star blocks with paper-pieced arrows.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests? This quilt was displayed at the Quilts at the Creek show at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto in August 2013. What memories or people does the quilt make you think of? Every time I look at this quilt I think of sitting on my living floor drawing diagram after diagram for the paper-pieced arrows, trying to get it just right! It also reminds me of spending the day at the Quilts at the Creek show with my friend Kim and my mum. What do you like best about the quilt? The arrows! I really love how paper-piecing can create shapes that are harder to get right with patchwork; they turned out just how I wanted. How did you grow as a quilter while making it? I think that I grew more as a designer than as a quilter with this one. Writing a pattern that is readable for someone other than yourself, getting the paper-piecing diagrams just right, figuring out fabric requirements, etc… Those things can be hard to figure out, but totally worth it! If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently? If I made “Orion” again, I think I would love to go super-scrappy! This version was made almost-exclusively from Constellations and Kona Ash (with the exception of the scrappy arrow on the back of the quilt, which was my test block to make sure the paper-piecing page in the pattern would print to the right size), but I think it would look fab with a range of collections and more diverse color choices.
Where is the quilt now? In my living room. I’m not going to lie; I love it so much that I actually have a really hard time using it! Would you like to add anything? If you like “Orion,” it is currently available in both my Etsy and Craftsy shops as a downloadable PDF pattern.
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
What about you? What’s your favorite quilt? Answer our questions on your blog and then link up on any of the daily posts. (You can even use the “My Favorite Quilt” button if you want!: http://www.sewmamasew.com/june2014/myfavoritequilt150.jpg) We’re giving away three $25 gift certificates to Fabricworm, randomly drawn from all entries in June. Rules:
- You can link up anytime throughout the month (6/1 – 6/30).
- Your post must be a new, original post about a favorite quilt that you have made.
- You can answer all or some of the questions below.
- Click on links to read and comment on other posts! Quilty love should be shared.
- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?