Cope and Hope in Quilter’s World
I have a new design in the Spring issue of Quilter’s World, on newsstands now. It has a beautiful cover with lovely spring colors.
Make a note to pick it up when you’re at the grocery store or grab it online!
As the world shut down in the spring of 2020, I thought about quilters staying at home and making quilts to calm their hearts and minds. I couldn’t get the idea of a house quilt out of my head.
In those first months when there was nothing but uncertainty, I pulled a blank muslin doll out of the closet.
I journaled my thoughts right on her flesh with Micron Pigma pens.
When she filled up, I made her a skirt and a mask and gave her hair and a face.
I named her Pandemic Pearl and it seemed like a doll with a name should have a quilt.
That’s how the first little house block was born. I could see it had potential for a bigger quilt so I began to play with EQ8 quilt design software (which I recommend!).
I thought about using rainbow backgrounds but it didn’t please me.
Maybe I could leave a blank space, like a vacant lot, on every block.
I felt like I was finally getting somewhere with this one but it needed something more.
Side note: I really like designing with rectangular blocks!
You can set a quilt 3 x 3 or 5 x 5 and you still get a rectangular quilt, which is more pleasing to me than a square quilt.
I decided on gray sashing to suggest streets, and made the cornerstones in four different colors. These small details all add up for a more interesting quilt.
Here’s the finished quilt, which I named Cope and Hope. Naming a quilt involves a lot of brainstorming for me, as I like to use something catchy. And there’s no guarantee that a magazine will use my name for the quilt, but in this case, Quilter’s World did.
Cope and Hope was quilted by my friend Julie Lechner. Find her on Instagram @beenquiltin. She always does a beautiful job for me. We decided on a modern edge to edge design called African Samba from Quilts Complete and I think it works well.
The background is a Peppered Cotton from Studio e Fabrics in color 82, Midnight. I love this purply navy blue and I’m on my second bolt. Bright colors just sparkle against it and it has become a favorite neutral I return to again and again.
Don’t let the small size of the patchwork intimidate you. As long as you have dexterity, it is no more difficult to sew across a small patch than a large patch.
I conceived this quilt in 2020 and made it in 2021 to be published in 2022. I sometimes struggle with keeping track of what year it is.
Tags: EQ8, make extraordinary scrap quilts, quilt design, scrap quilts, trunk shows
Diane, congratulations! I love this! And the doll! I do subscribe to one quilting magazine, I’ll check. Where I live, boonies, not many quilting magazines are available.
Thanks so much, Marty. I too live in the boonies, but it leaves a lot of time for quilting!!
I enjoy making house blocks and am allways looking for a new house pattern. You did a great job here, for that reason alone I am going to buy the magazine. Adding That middle block is like the “town square” or small parks that the homes around it can enjoy. Thank you for designing a quilt I can weave a around when I share with the grandchildren.
Hi Robin, you can’t imagine how happy it makes me to know you’ll share it with your grandchildren!! Thank you for your kind words, and best wishes to you!!
Great looking quilt. We learn when you share your process thoughts. Thank you so much!
Thank you, June! I appreciate your visit to Stash Bandit. 🙂
I love your Cope & Hope quilt. Can’t wait to check it out in the magazine! And Pandemic Pearl is about as unique as a doll can get. Thanks so much for always inspiring!
That is a wonderful quilt and that quilting design is perfect for it.
Diane, that is a great pic of you and the masterpiece. Liz in Houston
Thank you so much, Liz! I appreciate your kind words. 🙂