Saturday, August 24, 2013

U-Turn

Early in the summer I received an email from Kristy, asking if I was interested in being a pattern tester for her newest project. Well, d'oh! A new quilt pattern? A secret project? Why wouldn't I?

A little later the draft instructions arrived in my mailbox. Kristy asked me to follow the directions and "make a few blocks." I didn't know what I'd do with a few blocks and decided to go ahead and make a baby quilt. I was determined to do it from stash and scraps, and was delighted when that proved to be the case.

Kristy's instructions, as always, are clear and easy to follow. I'm spatially challenged, so I had some shaky moments orienting the blocks, but got it right and was pleased with my efforts.

I haven't quilted my U-Turn yet, but likely will this winter and then have it ready when a baby quilt is needed.

U-Turn is a great pattern. It has a masculine sense to it, IMNSHO, and masculine quilts aren't easy to find. I could see it made from homespuns. I could see it made from batiks for a stunning effect. I could even see it in Kaffes. Here's the one I made from scraps:



Oh, and in appreciation for my testing, Kristy has offered a pdf of U-Turn to one of my readers. Interested? Leave a comment telling what fabrics you think you would use, and you'll be entered in my drawing. Quick turn-around (U-Turnaround?) time on this, friends: We'll be drawing the winner late on Monday.


24 comments:

Janet O. said...

Aren't you cute--quick U-turnaround! : )
Definitely a masculine feel. This may sound silly, but I see it as horseshoes, and a cowboy print for the background for a very young rancher.

Barbara Anne said...

Chuckling over your U-Turnaround comment, too, and love your scrappy strip baby quilt!

This is a jazzy quilt and methinks I'd make it in batiks as those fabrics make everything delicious.

Come to think of it, I once knew someone who refused to ever turn around and go back the way she came when driving. She arrived 4 hours late on a long distance drive because she'd made a wrong turn and had to find a new route to her destination. Her new home was on a cul-de-sac and I wondered how that worked for her but I didn't ask.

Hugs!

Nemo said...

Halloween print! It looks like this pattern would be perfect for all those prints that are a little difficult to find suitable partners for - and I know I have tons of halloween fabric waiting for the perfect pattern.

Linda said...

Love this pattern. If I don't win would you put a link as to where we can order it? Lurking Linda

Deb Sews Quilts said...

I love this! I want to make a small lap quilt for my office that matches the granite that was just installed. I could see the this coming together. Can I buy the pattern? Thanks!

Amy said...

There is a strong pull for magnetic colors - reds, grays, maybe a little yellow for shock value. It's a super quilt.

Beth said...

I would make this quilt in rainbow scraps with a soft blue or pink background as a baby quilt.

Vicki S. said...

Cute. I have a jelly roll, or two, that would look great. To say nothing of the huge pile of scraps. Thanks for the chance to win.

Liz said...

hmmm....I just acquired a couple of batik jelly rolls in the Tiramisu colorway, destined to be some kind of bed quilt in our newly painted bedroom. This pattern would be perfect !!

Suzan said...

I would make it in Kona solids - probably using brown as the neutral since brown just doesn't get used enough! If I don't win, I shall buy it. Kristie put it on her website a couple of days ago.

Ms. Jan said...

Don't put me in the drawing because I won last time, but I just wanted to say that this is a cute quilt!

Jindi's Cottage said...

What a great pattern...I totally agree with your NSHO, great pattern for a masculine quilt...or a baby quilt, totally can see it as a baby quilt, I have a work colleague having their first bubba in October and I've been wrestling with a pattern idea and something like this would be perfect...oh fabrics, well it would totally depend on the intended recipient or purpose so going with the baby quilt theme I'd probably use a fun mix of green/yellow (gender neutral, maybe using the smaller print fabrics from Australian designers Melly & Me or Cinderberry Stitches....or or or, just had another oh moment...I have a jelly roll of 30's that would look fun too...the possibilities are endless!...

Quiltgranny said...

Love the pattern, too! I probably would make it in black and white, white and black with some red or blue thrown in.

Judi said...

Love the pattern, and well done you for pattern testing - what an interesting thing to do!

I am in love with modern quilts at the moment and that's the route I'd go - with modern fabrics on a solid bakground.

If I'm not lucky enough to win, can you tell us where to buy the pattern?

Gari in AL said...

This looks like a fairly easy quilt to put together and that makes it great for a kids charity quilt as well as a baby or "man" quilt.

Kathie said...

oh I love this quilt, I am so into graphic quilts right now would love to whip up this quilt,
thanks
kathie

cityquilter grace said...

i'd go scrappy of course! nice little pattern

Anonymous said...

Primary colors! Such an interesting pattern. Looks so simple but I'd never be able to duplicate it without a pattern. I have real issues with measuring. Sue

Susan said...

Great quilt! You're right bout it having a masculine feel, but I could also see it done in the jelly roll of bright yellows, oranges and turquoise that's in my stash. No need to enter e in the giveaway, though. I have waaay too many projects in the wings right now.

Melinda said...

I think this would be a good pattern to use some of my Kaffe prints on. I need to do something with them soon.

LizA. said...

What a fun quilt--I agree with anonymous, primary colors!

Anonymous said...

I can see this in French General scraps, and I have quite a few of them. I appreciate the fact you were daring enough to use scraps.
You're right, the pattern would work quite well for a man's quilt.
Mary O'Neil

Hilda said...

This looks like a great project. I would love to try it with some novelties for a child's quilt. Thanks for the giveaway!

Paula, the quilter said...

Hope I'm not too late for this. I'd use plaids.