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The Conkers Quilt


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  • Curved Piecing|Paper Piecing|Triangles

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I've always loved quilt designs that include curves and spikes and the pickle dish pattern ticks all the boxes, but it's fiddly and requires cutting from templates. After playing around with the block I discovered that I could represent the pattern with a few simple elements: New York Beauty quarters, squares and half-square triangles. The design has an almost 3D effect with the green 'dishes' and pink squares floating on a trellis background. The pickle dishes remind me of conkers emerging from their casing, hence the name. The NYB quarters do take a little time and practice but once they're done the whole quilt comes together very quickly! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY This quilt uses a mixture of foundation paper piecing, curved piecing and half-square triangles to achieve a striking effect. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 64" x 64" / 1.65m x 1.65m

Recommended with this pattern

  • A mixture of low-volume or neutral fabrics for background: 3 yards / 23/4 metres in total. A mixture of purple/magenta fabrics: 12/3 yards / 11/2 metres in total. A mixture of green fabrics: 37" / 1 metre in total. A mixture of pink fabrics: 1/2 yard / 1/2 metre in total. Binding fabric: 1/2 yard / 1/2 metre. Backing fabric: 33/4 yards / 31/2 metres. Wadding: 69" x 69" / 13/4 metres square.

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