Dazzling blue diamonds and triangles create a winning design in AccuQuilt's 2014 Quilt Block Design Contest. For more information about the competition and winner Will Bennett, turn to page 62.
1 About This Quilt
Use the plastic to make templates of A and B. The A and B patches can be easily cut from strips. Strips cut 31/2"x 40" will yield 7 A's. Strips cut 5"x 40" will yield 16 B's.
It will be helpful to use a design wall to arrange the patches and sections before assembly. Note that the difference between section 1 and section 2 is the placement of the dark blue A's and navy blue A's at the bottom point of the sections.
2 Making the Quilt Top
Sew the A's, B's and C's together as shown to make a section 1. Make 4 section l's.
Sew the A's, B's and C's together as shown to make a section 2. Make 4 section 2's.
Refer to the assembly diagram. Sew the sections together as shown to make the quilt top.
Refer to the trimming diagram. Trim the A's on the outside edge of the quilt top even with the B's as shown.
3 Quilting and Finishing
Layer and baste together the backing, batting and quilt top.
Refer to the quilting placement diagram. Quilt curved lines on the dark blue A's and B's and navy blue A's and B's in the quilt center as shown. Quilt curved lines on the medium blue A's and B's and dark blue A's and B's on the outside edges as shown. Quilt a stipple in the light blue and white patches.
Bind the quilt.
And the Winner Is...
In early 2014, AccuQuilt asked quilters to upload their original block designs for a chance to win fabulous prizes in their Quilt Block Design Contest.
The Grand Prize worth over $22,000 included a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen, a Baby Lock Aria sewing machine, a year supply of thread from Aurifil and a year supply of fabric from Moda.
The public was asked to select their favorite design and the winner would be determined by popular vote. After all the votes were counted, Satellite Ride by Will Bennett was declared the winner.
Will's winning block was unveiled on a 17-foot sign at AccuQuilt headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition, the charity of his choice, Camp Courageous of Iowa, received a $1,500 donation from AccuQuilt.
Will comes from a quilting family--his mom is quilt author Judy Martin. His interest in graphic design led him to quilt design. One of Will's early designs Morning Glory is featured in his mom's book Patchwork Among Friends.
Our congratulations to Will, second place winner Lee J. McCoy and third place winner Cheryl Sorensen. Well done!