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Castor Pollux Quilt Debut {Prism Blog Hop}

It is my pleasure to share a brand new quilt design featuring the Prism collection, a signature line from Island Batik, designed by Kathy Engle for my friend Claudia at Create with Claudia. These gorgeous fabrics are in stores now, so please ask your local shop to carry them. Find a retailer near you with the Island Batik store locator.Prisms fabric line

Introducing the Castor Pollux quilt

To showcase these bright batiks, I turned to the June 2024 Little Bit Different block called Gemini. As I was playing with this quilt block in my EQ8 design software, I realized that the half-rectangle triangles could become star points.

Gemini star quilt block

The star is formed from four blocks. Since half-rectangle triangle units do not rotate easily, we must remember to make both uphill and downhill blocks to complete the star lay out. I named the Gemini block since it had the “twin” aspects of repeating triangle and rectangle units, so I did futer research and found that the two brightest stars in the Gemini constellation are named Caster and Pollux. Perfect for the name of this starry quilt!

 

Stay organized!

As a pattern designer, I often make the quilt first from a diagram, and  then sit down to write the full instructions. This dive-in-headfirst approach means that (hopefully) I make all the mistakes first and realize all the shortcuts I need to describe!  As I mentioned before, when you work with half-rectangle triangles it is important to keep track of the uphill and downhill units. With the Gemini block, the accent rectangles also have a left and right version, depending on which triangle they are paired with.

castor pollux quilt

I took the design a step further and used four different fabric combinations. Looking back at my fabric selections for the Monthly Color Challenge quilts, it is apparent that my favorite thing to do is swap colors, and make alternate pairs of blocks. This habit shines in the Castor Pollux quilt! You can see that the purple star points of one section become the inner body of another section.

Adding another layer of complexity was my choice to use both the teal Dots and the blue marine Spike fabrics as backgrounds. Keeping the teal as a lighter middle color in the quilt means a slight more attention to detail is needed when laying out the components of this quilt. But it is a fun challenge with a gorgeous result!

Should I publish this pattern? Let me know in the comments!

Quilting Friendships

I am thrilled that Claudia has a signature line with Island Batik. I first met Claudia when we were both Island Batik Ambassadors. I love her use of classic quilt blocks such as the stars and churn dashes in her newest patterns, and her new Lotus Blossom quilt is a gorgeous modern design. It has been exciting to see all the beautiful projects she shares. You can learn more about her favorite quilts in this interview we recorded back in 2021.

Be sure to visit all the quilters in the Prisms Blog Hop. Let me know who you found to be most inspiring!

June 16 – Claudia at Create With Claudia
June 17 – Suzy at Webster Quilt
June 18 – Andi at True Blue Quilts <– You are here!
June 19 – Gail at Quilting Gail
June 20 – Kate at Katie Mae Quilts
June 21 – Jane at Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
June 22 – Sandra at Textile Time Travels
June 23 – Claudia at Create With Claudia
June 24 – Denise at A Quiltery
June 25 – Connie at Kauffman Designs
June 26 – Elena at Otter and Thyme
June 27 – Susan at Lady Blue Quilts
June 28 – Claudia at Create With Claudia

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