For a friend, I was asked to make a quilt inspired by these gorgeous wall decals from blik. The pattern for these wall tiles, called “Conquered” is based on a Threadless pattern by Ross Zietz. Mr. Zietz was extremely generous – I reached out to him on flickr to get his blessing to make this one quilt and for permission to blog about it, and he was kind enough not only to encourage my endeavors, but he also sent me his design documents!
This made it so much easier to formulate my plan for “conquering” this project.
I photoshopped guide-lines on the tile until I had pieces that were nice rectangles that would be paper-piecing friendly.
Okay so then I printed out that guide and went to the floor with a giant piece of paper (wrapping paper taped together to be roughly 60″ square) and I translated my guide with pencil onto the paper by scaling, just like you used to do in grade school. Something roughly like one inch squared on my guide was equal to 7 inches square on my giganto paper. I fudged things here with layout and color from the original design in order to work best for me.
Then I cut out each rectangle and those were my paper piecing pieces (although I had to be conscious about adding seam allowance when I was actually cutting out fabric and the resulting “blocks”). From then on it was just assemble blocks and get a quilt top.
Then I used my sew and turn appliqué technique to make the snowy mountain tops, and top stitched those onto the quilt-top.
Cloudy quilt lines.
Cloud fabric and stripped pieced backing.
Skinny purple binding.
Lovely quilt. Thanks, Ross!