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Barb Westfall on craftsy.com
Morden, Manitoba, Canada

I am Barb Westfall, a quilt artist from Canada. Much of my art is inspired by the wide open landscape all around me and by great works of art hanging in galleries around the world.
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Deco Gears

from The Quilted Canvas
(7) Name: 'Quilting : Deco Gears
Deco Gears
Deco Gears
Deco Gears
Deco Gears

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • foundation piecing
  • basic curved piecing
  • free motion quilting

Pattern Description:

I signed up for Ann Petersen's class "Playing with Curves" and loved it. Inspired by her lesson on New York Beauty, I drafted a 5 point version of the classic block and off set them around a center block. I incorporated some of my collection of silk tie fabric for the spikes.
I really enjoy following Leah Day's blog and chose my quilting designs from her website. Leah is also a teacher here at Craftsy.
In the end, I thought the whole piece looked like something from the 30's or 40's Art Deco movement and so chose the name Deco Gears.
This design is the result of ideas and instruction from great quilt teachers and so it's my gift back to the community here at Craftsy. Enjoy!


  • 5" x 20" dark blue fabric for corners
  • 10" gold fabric for borders and the center block
  • four 2" x 20" pieces of fabric for spikes A (inner spikes)
  • four 3" x 30" pieces of fabric for spikes B (outer spikes)
  • 1 fat quarter of light background fabric for 2 outer corners and block extension
  • 1 fat quarter of dark background fabric for 2 outer corners and block extension
  • 8" of fabric for binding
  • 24" x 24" of backing fabric
  • 24" x 24" of batting

You Will Also Need:

  • 8 1/2" x 11" sheets of freezer paper