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Are you ready to tap into your inner quilt warrior? Then this quilt is for you. It's got a little bit of everything – half square triangles, stripes, swans, bias edges, dragonflies, isosceles triangles, sashing, frogs and more.
If you are a newbie quilter, I would suggest putting this pattern in your queue, but attacking it after you've worked with bias edges a few times. If you're unfamiliar with what a bias edge is, it's the diagonal direction across the surface of a woven fabric at a 45° angle. Fabric cut on the bias stretches easily and must be handled with care. (For more quilting terms, check out this blog post - Quilting Terms, Tools & Supplies.)
Below is my valiant effort to hold a quilt while getting batted around by the Windy City wind.
Not an easy task. Eventually we got one...and it only took about 25 tries 🙂
This Warrior quilt uses fabrics from Swan Lake, manufactured by Birch Fabrics and designed by Patrick and Andrea Patton. Aren't those swans dreamy?? If you look closely you can see little frogs on lily pads and buzzing dragonflies swooping about. Quilted meandering dragonflies mimic the fabric to created a quilt that humzzzz. Feel like you're relaxing by a sweet spring lake? A swan lake, perhaps?
In addition to the pond creatures, I also scattered in some of my favorites from the Mod Basics 3 collection. The binding is Firefly Dots in Pond and the dark navy is Wink in Dusk.
At this point, you may be asking yourself, "What do swans and frogs have to do with warriors and tribal patterns?"
But let me answer your question with another question, "Have you ever met a swan?"
Cause if you haven't, you may not believe me when I say that they are meeeean and tough! Like waaaay tougher than a pretty white fairy-princess bird should be. BUT, when you think of a quilter, do you think of someone who is strong and tough? Maybe? Well, I hope you do now. Cause we quilters are up for a challenge and know how to conquer any obstacle! And by obstacle, I mean bias edge. (seriously, they are preeeetty tricky.)
So while making this quilt, think of yourself as a warrior swan – Fighting. Squawking. Conquering. Kicking butt and looking good while doing it.
After attacking and vanquishing every stretchy edge and triangle, pound your chest and scream, "I am quilter! Hear me ROAR!!"
Oh, and then be prepared for your dog to look at you like a crazy person while making a bed out of the quilt you were just so proud of. Scraps, just let me have this moment!
sigh...she never lets my head get too big.
Also, since releasing this pattern, I created an instructional video tutorial showing step-by-step instructions on how to make the triangle row portion of this quilt – which is identical to the triangle rows in my soon-to-be-released Mayan Mosaic quilt. See below!
(Once I start making videos, it's pretty hard to stop...I got half way into making the first viedo then somehow stumbled into the black hole that is iMovie...came out on the other side with this totally unnecessary video...haha oh well. Here it is!)