Introducing Paradox Point! November 17 2016, 0 Comments
Okay, so most of you have already seen this quilt a few times, either on Instagram or in our Quilt Market recap post! But we thought we could have a few posts on Paradox Point this week to answer some questions about the pattern and share some details about each quilt. We have four different versions to share with you, and today we are kicking it all off with this gorgeous cover quilt!
Here are a few quick facts:
- The blocks are paper-pieced. If you can sew on a line, you can make this quilt! Check out how easy paper-piecing is here.
- The book contains full-sized foundations for all 12 unique arrow blocks.
- The prism pillow pattern is not included in the book, but the tutorial is coming soon, so be sure to stop back by!
- There are no special rulers needed to make the blocks. A 60° triangle is recommended for the arrow edges, but not necessary because there are full-size template included.
- There are absolutely no Y-seams or any tricky construction!
- Paradox Point will only be available as a physical book, no PDF versions.
- The book includes exact cutting for each section of the foundations.
- We will not be kitting any of the quilts, but if you know of a store who is, please let us know. We have a Paradox Point info page where we will list all this info!
- For those without a participating local quilt store, we will be hosting a Quilt-Along starting in January if you would like to sew along with us. Quilt stores are more than welcome to join too! The more the merrier!
Now let me tell you a little bit about my process making this version of Paradox Point. In true Shayla fashion, I originally mocked up the quilt in a rainbow of colors, so when I went to choose fabrics, it was easy pickins! I chose 24 different Robert Kaufman Fabrics Kona Cotton Solids to create gradating rainbow through the quilt. For the accent fabric, I used a medium grey Kona Cotton solid. With all the solids, I wanted a little bit of a print for the background, so I chose Ann Kelle's Metallic Remix Dot fabric. For exact skus, check out the Paradox Point info page.
I love foundation piecing. I find it relaxing once I get into the motion. When I get on a roll, I'm pretty quick! And the results you can achieve with paper piecing is amazing! There are so many shapes and perfect points you just can't get without a little paper. So if you are little nervous to get started, check out our tutorial!
Paradox Point is a quick, quick, quick quilt pattern to make. Much faster than both Arcadia Avenue and Empire Place =]. Each arrow point is made up of four triangles to form a larger triangle. Chain piecing the foundations makes the blocks fly together. Each block finishes 26" wide x 14" tall, so each month you feel very accomplished!
Once I finished the quilt top, I handed it over to the talented Juli Kieny to be quilted. She did an amazing job! This quilt has a lot of open space that gives longarm quilters lots of room to work their magic! Juli divided the quilt with echoing lines that intertwine in the center of the quilt. In the center of the quilt between the lines and on the outside edges, she filled the space with swirls. Behind the arrow blocks, Juli quilted horizontal lines 1/2" apart and custom quilted each block with loops, twists and lines with matching threads.
Quick Quilt Stats:
- Made by: Shayla Wolf
- Quilted by: Juli Kieny
- Quilting: Serpentining lines, swirls and straight lines.
- Pattern: Paradox Point
- Fabric: 24 Kona Cotton fabrics and metallic dot print from Remix by Ann Kelle, all from Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
- Finished Size: Grande 80" x 100"
- Techniques: Paper-piecing and traditional piecing.
Photographing this large quilt was a challenge. Since my mom moved to Seattle, I was on my own to take photos of the Paradox Point quilts. Knowing it was too tall to drape on anything, I used my photography backdrop stand to hang the quilt in front of a fun graffiti wall in Boulder. It was kind of a busy street, so I had quite a few onlookers while battling this quilt! Entertainment at it's finest!
I like to add a little extra pizazz to my quilts. It usually comes in the form of a pieced back or binding detail. This quilt got a little bit of binding bling! I used little pieces of each of the 12 colors to add a little bit of color to the otherwise grey binding!
The Paradox Point quilt pattern is available in book form. If you make this or any other Sassafras Lane project, we would love to see it! Send us photos, post them to our Flickr group or use our #sassafraslane hashtag on Instagram! I will be sharing the next three versions soon!