The Upward Trend

Project Description

What are you most proud of? the way the colors interact; the fact that I was able to figure out how to do this from a photo of a quilt I saw on-line -- alas, I don't know the name of the original artist. however, my colors are very different from those of my prototype, and the dimensions are my own though I borrowed the concept. .... I've since learned that this is a Jan Hassard design. Thanks to Gerihargreaves for letting me know! What advice would you give someone starting this project? there are lots of seams in this quilt, as you can see, so the seam allowances gobble several inches in both directions. use fine thread and a scant 1/4" seam to help minimize this; the math is kind of complicated, i.e., figuring out how wide to cut the strips and how big the various stages of construction will be. after pains-taking calculations, I cut the WOF strips 2 3/8" wide, if I do this again, I'll cut them 3". but any way you do it, you'll cut off at least as much of the fabric as ends up in this 38"x 38" quilt, enough to make at least another quilt of the same size (though the configuration of strips would be completely different). ... it goes without saying that you need to spend a lot of time figuring out the colors before you start cutting! there are 2 sets of strips; you can most easily see the array of them in the top and bottom strips

What you will need

  • cotton batiks
  • a few printed quilting cottons
  • 32 in all

Q&A with KChristine

Joen Wolfrom asked:
Your quilt is gorgeous! The colors are beautiful; the optical illusion of layers of depth are exciting;and the play of light is wonderful. Super job. I'm so happy with what you have done.
KChristine answered:
Thanks, Joen -- I love this quilt, and I loved your Color Play course!
Gerihargreaves asked:
I think this is a Jan Hassard design. She is an English quilter I attended one of her workshops recently
KChristine answered:
Yes! Thank you!
margdunn41644698 asked:
I have just seen you upward trend quilt and I think is wonderful would like to try this in different colours Is there a pattern for this?
KChristine answered:
I didn't have a pattern -- I figured it out myself from a photo I saw. But someone commented that a pattern is available for purchase on Caryl Bryer Fallert's website. I haven't looked there myself, but you could try there
nc3895356105 asked:
Amazing color play. How long have you been quilting?
KChristine answered:
I've been quilting about 4 years and have made about 50 quilts, the largest about 60" x 70" -- any bigger than that, and I get too impatient to get it done! ... I love this quilt too, definitely my favorite so far