"Sending Greetings" Quilt Design: building quilting skills

by Judy Tucker

I've been thinking about a quilt design which could be used in a class to build skills for intermediate quilters.  I expect this class will have students who have made a simple quilt or two but still don't have a lot of experience.  I'm still thinking about the definition of an "intermediate" quilter so this is a work in process.

Thinking about "next step" piecing skills I decided sewing seams on the bias and working with triangles seemed to fit the bill.  I sat down at my computer using EQ7 (Electric Quilt 7) and started experimenting with some of the blocks from the program's block library.

I wanted the quilt to be in the Modern Quilt genre and amenable to using a variety bold, bright modern prints and/or solids.

Here's what I came up with.

I like the negative space and the bold asymmetric diamond in this design. I think it might be fun to use some text fabrics with this pattern, either inside the envelope flap or as the background of the quilt. I think the background would also be beautiful using a quilting linen.

This pattern uses half square triangles, flying geese, fold over triangles on the large flying bird block which EQ7 calls Flying Goose and corner setting triangles in the "envelope" flap around the series of small flying geese. In addition to working on piecing skills, the students will have to think about color and contrast to make this design shine.

It can be quilted with a simple grid but there is also lots of negative space to which could be used to practice free motion quilting.

If you have thoughts about this pattern or suggestions for "intermediate" skills for quilters please send me a comment.  I'd love to hear what you think.