Theses squares just reminded me of garden plots. This quilt’s four blocks were constructed using a method I call Magic Numbers. There’s really nothing magic about them, Magic Numbers is a system of using block sizes that automatically fit together for flexibility in design without alteration. That’s right, all tidy;)
It’s a great method if you want to hone your skills at designing your own quilts, pattern free, but aren’t quite ready to free piece it or figure out the math. It’s great for bringing improvisational pieced blocks together or for adding texture into a background with added seams instead of just one big block of fabric.
The quilting is my standard run-off straight lines, a quarter inch from each side of the seams. I used painters tape as my guide for quilting the lines into the wide purple sashing. I could have used Magic Number blocks instead of sashing if I needed more texture, but I think the blocks held their own.
I’m stilling piecing backs from stash. This improvisational back falls in line with my creative quilt backs post on building out on the design wall. Most of these fabrics are flannel, with a little hit of some quilting fabric and linen blend.
I branched out and played with an uplifting and happy thread color. As I was filling the bobbin with the orange, I became suspect about whether I would like the effect it would have on the fairly neutral back. In the finish the vibrant color added another level of texture to the back that a blended color wouldn’t have. What a happy surprise:)
The color way is crazy good and bold.
I generally don’t pick binding out until the quilting is done, but as I was putting this fabric back into the stash it came to mind it might work and that’s how it came to be. There’s not a lick of it in the quilt itself.
This is a real simple quilt. Anyone can quilt using this formula;) Seriously the hardest thing would be picking the fabrics or you could forget about that and just go scrappy. I’ve now made several quilts using the Magic Numbers method and each has a unique look.
Here’s some other examples of Magic Number quilts I’ve created. You can see more about this scrappy one here.
This one below is a great example of bringing the background fabric into the piecing to give the quilt’s blocks a floating deconstructed look. More about this quilt here.
I think it’s fun to play with how different each design can be.
Instead of offering this as a workshop I’m providing instruction for this method in Open Studios where we can merge some projects like box pouches and invisible zipper pillows. Really any project can be adapted. Simply respond if you’d like to schedule.
Happy week Peeps!