If you haven’t yet heard, the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild launched their first pattern set!
The pattern set is called Fractal Radiance and it was designed by KCMQG member Katie Larson as part of a pattern challenge the guild hosted this year.
Check out the KCMQG blog for more details and pictures about the pattern. Specific posts include:
Also, don’t forget to check out the Flickr group.
To purchase the pattern, go to the Fractal Radiance page on the KCMQG blog.
The pattern includes instructions for the pillow, small quilt, large quilt, and a facing finish along with printable templates for the pillow.
I was lucky enough to test the pillow and the small quilt before the pattern launched.
This pattern went together soooo quickly for both the pillow and the small quilt. I started with the small quilt and cut out the fabric on Friday night. The cutting is the most tedious process, but it’s so interesting and fascinating that I didn’t mind. I used all fabrics from my stash, which was amazing since this pattern does require quite a few different fabrics and some large amounts. I have a lot of solid blues and blue shot cottons so I went that route.
I’m super please with how it turned out. The top was gorgeous and it pieced together in what seemed like 15 minutes but was probably closer to an hour. I couldn’t wait to quilt it so I spray basted the sandwich together using some backing fabric from my stash and then did some very simple quilting.
The facing finish was probably my least favorite part. It’s a really fabulous way to finish a quilt if you don’t want the binding to show on the front and the instructions are fabulous, but I’m just not a fan of having to iron down an edge. It reminds me too much of hemming, which is THE WORST in my opinion. I really like the fact that it was hand sewn down because I very much enjoy that part. I know, it makes no sense that I like to hand sew down binding but can’t stand to hem.
When I was done with the small quilt in record time, I immediately started on the pillow. I was able to use all of the scraps from the small quilt to make the pillow. And I still had quite a bit of the scraps left over. They went in my scrap bin because they will come in handy while paper piecing and doing bee blocks.
Like with the quilt, the pillow came together in record time. I didn’t quilt it, but I did finish it using the instructions in the pattern.
I can easily see myself making this quilt again and again. It’s visually stunning and easy to put together. So what’s stopping you?! Go purchase it!