Sunday, December 13, 2009

See My Fan Quilt in Quiltmaker Magazine!


Photo above by Tim Benko.
Quiltmaker magazine has included my fan quilt in their January/February issue! It's very exciting to open Quiltmaker and see a quilt that I thought up. And this quilt is one of my favorites too. They named it "Fandango" (the fast Spanish dance using castinets). I used to call it "Firing on All Cylinders," but I like their festive name better.



The article has a good description about how to make this quilt. It's string-pieced by eye, not foundation pieced. Scraps are cut 1 inch wide. The key to making the fan is: when you sew two strips together, start with a regular 1/4" seam allowance, then gradually increase to about a 1/2" sean allowance. Repeating this with each strip creates the fan. Finally, place a square template on the block and trim to a square shape. Quiltmaker did a good job showing how to do it.

Click here to see an interniew with me about the quilt: http://www.quiltmaker.com/articles/Karen_Griska



Happy Quilting!
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27 comments:

roolen said...

Amazing quilt! I love it!

Kim Walus said...

Wow!!! That is one spectacular quilt! I love it!

quiltchick1 said...

OOOOhhhhh Very Cool! I think I'll have to make one of these!

swissquilter said...

congratulation Karen on this amazing quilt and beeing in quiltmaker!

Stephanie said...

Eye catching and I have to admit I like the name Fandango. Congratulations.

Erica Spinks said...

Exciting design, Karen. I'll look out for the magazine in our shops.

Greenmare said...

fabulous! I still like your name better though~!

Melinda said...

I love the fan quilt - oh no, another project to add to my to do list.

Anya said...

Cool! I can't wait to get my copy. Thanks for sharing...

whitey said...

How does one get some many selvages do you have people who send them to you? It is a wonderful quilt you can not help but smile when you see all the colors.

Quilt Rat said...

Congrats on the article.......and what a fabulous quilt. Guess I am off to hunt down the latest Quiltmaker Magazine

Room Service ~ Decorating 101 said...

Wow, You did a great job. My grandma used to make them and there is nothing I would rather have on my bed on a winter night. I made one 20 something years ago, it was not the best. It makes you appreciate a well made one when you see it. 5* and I also want to say welcome to my blog!

kwiltmakr said...

Awesome quilt.

jen duncan said...

WOW Karen. That is SOOOO fabulous!

Karen said...

Congrats! No wonder it is a beauty!

Pat from FL and MI said...

How cool is that????

Way to go!

BlackCrow said...

It makes me dizzy just looking at it!
I've been saving all my selvage edges. I wonder if I have enough?

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Congratulations! It is one awesome quilt and deserves to be in lights!!

Diane said...

This quilt is gorgeous -- such great energy. Thanks for explaining how you did it! I'll be looking for that magazine. I'm always so inspired by your blog!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Amazing quilt. And congratulations!

Darlee Byron said...

You truly know how to amaze us!! I enjoyed reading about your quilt. And I agree quilting should always be enjoyable. Another good reason why paper piecing is not for me!

Jill said...

You continue to amaze and inspire me! I must buy this issue and drool over your beautiful quilt! I have to make one of these! I loved what you said in the intervies- hoping to get snowed in to quilt! I hope for the same!!!
Nothing can beat a day home sewing!

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Bonnie said...

I've just discovered your blog recently and I've got to say, Wow! This quilt is just wonderful. Congratulations on it being chosen.

belinda said...

Oh yeh....there it is again....My
favorite quilt! During the last month I have experimented making the fan blocks in different sizes...trying to decide which size I like best...of course I LOVE small tiny pieces and made a block that is about 5 inches...it's cute and I.LIKE.
Congrats on your article!!

Moose on the Porch Quilts said...

When I saw that quilt, I was surprised it wasn't a selvage quilt. It had your name on it after all, and at first glance the thin pieces resemble selvages. Fun quilt. Love how they said you eyeballed the piecing. I am an eyeballer too.

Carrie P. said...

Congratulations! That is so exciting. It is a fabulous quilt.

Bev Hirsch said...

Congratulations Karen!! I thought I had seen this quilt in a quilt magazine before, but I must be mixing it up. I have this pattern and am looking forward to making it as soon as all of my latest bunch of company is gone. I love ALL of your patterns!
Bev