Sunday, January 22, 2012

On My Design Wall Today

I must be trying to make up for the lack of color outside where everything is covered with snow. My design wall is a delicious blend of reds and purples. I call this a Stairstep quilt. Do you have another name? It's not really a Rail Fence because those have three strips in each block, not two. I don't want to call it a Zigzag quilt because to me that suggests a Log Cabin, Streak of Lightning variation. Not that it really matters so much.

It measures 43" x 50." The strips were cut 4" wide. I'm writing the pattern as I work.

I like the one pink rectangle. The arrangement needed a little spark so I made that block at the last minute before assembling the top. I wish you could all visit my quilt studio today because the color looks even better in person. And there's tea! Hugs to you. Have a great day.

18 comments:

Annie said...

I'd say that really makes up for a lack of color in nature! This is wildly in your face. Cool!

Selvage Quilter said...

Haha! That's one way to put it. Thanks for adding "cool."

:)

Exuberant Color said...

Rail fence can have any number of strips and I usually use 4 but I call this pattern a 2 rail Rail Fence in my tutorial.

electricdunce said...

What an incredible blast of color ! It is just lovely and very therapeutic this time of year. The simplicity of the pattern and the resonance of all that color.

Linda said...

When I'm teaching beginner quiltmaking, I offer this pattern as one of the four choices beginner quilters can try. I've named it "Stairs to Heaven," so I think your moniker works. Yours is a very happy-looking quilt, that's for sure!

Brenda said...

I've made a two rail fence like this with narrower blocks. It's amazing how the eye travels along it, especially if one of the rails is the same colour. yours is great!

Nifty Quilts said...

Great! That one pink square really adds spark.

QuiltSwissy said...

It looks so perfect it looks like one of those pictures they make to show you what the quilt will look like later.

I love the red, in your face things. I don't do enough of them. Maybe this year, where my inspirational word is Albondigas!

glen: meatballs, how's that for inspiration?

Richard Healey said...

I am lame at naming I would call it "I zag, you zig" but that's just me.

http://richardquilts.blogspot.com

Sue said...

Everything you post is so inspirational! This is just the pop of color I needed today. If I had just a little more time I'd sit right down and make one for myself. Thanks for the invite to your studio. That would be fun!

Kim said...

"The modern zig"...it feel like a painting to me.
Great colors :0)

Happy Sewing

Mary said...

Beautiful colors, Beautiful quilt!

Dar said...

Karen, I think you brighten up a gloomy day for me here too. You inspired me to get some of my strips together and get your strip block finished and in the mail. It's done and will be mailed tomorrow. Dar

Outback Crafter Debra said...

OOOOH it is lovely. I think it reminds me of "Escalators" in those big city shopping centres and I think the 'steps' are moving. (I say big city as I live in a country town where no building is over 1 storey tall).

Keep it up.
Thanks for sharing.
Debra

Helen said...

Oh so cheery, my dearie!

patty a. said...

Karen, What color!! I love it! I make a lot of quilts using this design and I call them stair step zig zag. When the zig zag rows go from side to side, I call them mountain zig zag.

jovaliquilts said...

I like this a lot! The one pink is great, but I didn't notice it till you pointed it out. The first thing I noticed was the long solid red zig (or zag?) -- and I like that a lot, too!

Jackie said...

These are totally my colors! Love it Karen!