I have a new quilt pattern in Fons & Porter's Quilting Quickly September/October 2015 issue The design is called Honeycomb. The fabrics in the quilt are from Timeless Treasures Pashmina collection. The pattern can be made using precut 2 1/2" strips. Fons & Porter has a new twist for constructing the “snow ball” units. You can watch a demonstration of their technique, on .You Tube. The design is being offered as a digital download from Fons & Porter or you can purchase a kit from Keepsake Quilting. Unfortunately the kits are on back order and won’t be available until October 13, 2015.
The inspiration for this design was the simple “Snow Ball” Block that we are all familiar with. I was looking for a new way of using this block so I broke out my trusty graph pad and proceeded to play. The first thing that came to my mind was to try rotating the units and create a larger block of four “Snow Balls”. The sketch below is the result.
Then I sat down and played with the idea in my Electric Quilt software. The first idea I had was to connect the units to create a visual flow across the quilt. The first two designs didn’t do it for me. They felt a little heavy handed so I thought I would try something a little more subtle. On my third try I felt that I was closer to a great design. But I didn’t love the way the grey tone values related to each other. So I switched around the grey values around and decided this was what I was looking for. Now it was time to tinker with color and create a woven effect.