Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Louisa Smith's Swirl Quilt

Isn't this a show-stopper?  I called Louisa Smith to order some templates and books, and we chatted about the "Swirl" template set.  She offered to send me a photo of her sample for this template set.... isn't it gorgeous?  This wall hanging is made of 16 blocks- 4 groups of 4 blocks each.  Each block is made of 3 pieces, cut from the template set.  If you just look at a group of 4 of the blocks (one of the swirls), one color, or color group, is used for the small piece on one block, the middle piece of the next block, and the outside piece of the next block.  Once you see how it works, it's not tricky at all.  Louisa really has an eye for creating amazing art quilts.  Some of the pieces are cut from strip sets and some of the pieces are cut from fabric alone.  Louisa says that she she shows this sample, the Swirl template sets just fly out the door.  I can see why!

A tip I got from Louisa a while back:  For the strip sets, Louisa often uses fabric she really doesn't care for by itself.  Since you only see a small strip of the fabric, the print is much less important than the color.  She looks for COLOR, not for the design the color makes.  That's not the case with the focus fabrics- just for the strip sets.  She finds focus fabrics she loves and then looks for fabrics that go with it based on COLOR.

I always enjoy chatting with Louisa- she's such a nice person.  Check out her blog... I can't believe she has so few followers.  Wouldn't it blow her away if all of you signed up to follow her blog (hint, hint)???  I don't know all of my suppliers personally, but I love marketing and highlighting products designed by really nice people like Louisa. Thanks so much for sharing this photo with me, Louisa!

12 comments:

WoolenSails said...

Beautiful design and great way to use up those extra fabrics that you don't know what to do with.

Debbie

Needled Mom said...

Oh my goodness but that is gorgeous. Is it as difficult as it looks?

SandyQuilts said...

Beautiful. What a great tip she gave you about the fabrics. I have tons I no longer love.

You commented on how few followers she has .... she may have more than you realize. Many of us prefer to use google.com/reader I don't follow anyone ... google reader populates all the new postings of my favorite blogs. I never have to hunt .. it's all there on one page. AND she has only made 18 postings in over 2yrs ...

Stephanie in Michigan said...

That's a beautiful quilt, and thank you for the tip on her blog. I really like supporting good people, their work, and their products, too. I know some of my suppliers on a first-name basis and it really is wonderful.

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful. Love the swirl design. I have never seen anything like this before. Looks like fun!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

SewCalGal said...

Beautiful. Love the swirl design. I have never seen anything like this before. Looks like fun!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

Templates said...

Nice tip, i didn't know that fabric can be used in all these ways. Excellent templates you provided. Thanks.
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Kim D. said...

That's a gorgeous quilt. Now, I'll checkout her blog.

QuiltSue said...

Only one thing to say about the Swirl quilt - WOWW!

Kath said...

I'm off there now. Won't she wonder where we all came from LOL

Brenda said...

I've seen pictures of an antique version of that pattern done in just two fabrics -- orange and white solids. It was spectactular, also.

So many possibilities; so little time.

ByTheSea said...

That is an amazing quilt wow.