Ka-Bloom - Pattern testing
I don't know if you guys have any idea what goes into designing patterns, but it's not as simple as just creating the design. It requires MATH. Holy cow! No thank you. Not only do designers need a sense of style, color sense, artistic ability, a slight affinity for math, they also need to be able to put their directions into word combinations that the rest of us quilters can follow…
…Enter Pattern Testers
Testers have the fun job of following the directions exactly and offering suggestions/recommendations, making sure all the measurements work and fabric requirements are accurate. Of course that assumes no mistakes by the pattern tester (more on that later).
A few weeks ago I saw this Quilt ------>
and just loved it. Shortly after, the designer (EvaPaige Quilt Designs) sent out a pleas for help. She needed testers for the sashing and setting triangles portion of her pattern. We were even told we could use "ugly" fabrics. She just needed us to check measurements and fabric allotment.
|My uglies (which may be your faves, and that's ok!|
Perfect! I responded immediately. I'm in!! I love the design and I love to help. This business of quilting really is about sharing and lending a helping hand. It's fun to be part of someone else's creative process.
I gathered my uglies. So excited to use them for something and get them out of my stash. My intensions were pure. I swear!
But then this...
|Sunnyside by Kate Spain for Moda|
...kept taunting me!
I swear Kate Spain's Sunnyside was speaking to me. "Please, Ka-Bloom is perfect for us. Put us to good use. Don't put us in a drawer. Make something beautiful." What? Doesn't your fabric speak to you? So, pattern testing one portion of Ka-Bloom quickly turned into making the entire quilt. Squeeee!!! So exciting!
The pattern by EvaPaige Quilt Designs seen here has easy-to-follow directions, can be quite scrappy (as I have done with FQs) and comes together fairly quickly.
It has a nice combination of strip piecing,
applique (done as easily or intricately as you'd like),
and set on a diagonal with triangles corners and triangle setting border.
Assembling Ka-Bloom was great fun!
And here's the really important part of my pattern review…this tester, ahem, was a little over anxious in creating this quilt. Sometimes she does get a little ahead of herself and doesn't follow directions in order. So said tester just might have mistaken a 12-1/4 inch cut for 12-1/2 inch and then found that sashing strips didn't quite match up and triangles had to be trimmed down. I'm just saying…something like this may have happened.
Happy Days…because of Ka-Bloom's scrappy sashing, it was absolutely no problem to make adjustments and have my seams come together beautifully.
|Check out those corners :)|
I love a pattern that allows for some wiggle room. A few nips and tucks later, the quilt came out perfectly aligned.
I give Ka-Bloom a huge thumbs up for design, flexibility, clear instructions, and as it so happens, Beth, owner and designer of EvaPaige Quilt Designs, is really, really sweet. Bonus!!!
Please visit Beth at EvaPaige Quilt Designs or on Facebook if you're interested in purchasing the pattern for KaBloom or just to say hello.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own and I was in no way compensated for this review. In fact, I wasn't even asked to do a review (surprise, Beth!). I'm just excited about this beautiful quilt pattern and want to spread the word.