The Inside Out PDF quilt pattern is available now for instant download in the shop.
This is the very quilt that I sit under in the winter evenings – it’s definitely a favourite! It first appeared as a pattern in Australian Homespun magazine in 2018, and as you can see in these images, it has had lots of love over the past little while, and because it is such a favourite I decided it was time to release it as an independent pattern 🙂
The Story Behind the Quilt
Do you often find yourself in a situation where your self-imposed limits restrict your actions? As an introvert, I find social interaction sometimes difficult, and yet I know if I can find the energy to extend myself, a whole new world with great rewards can emerge.
This particular quilt was designed during a busy holiday period. With so many demands on my time, and energy, I was tempted to hibernate from all the action. But instead, I made this quilt as a reminder that all limitations are largely self-imposed. When we push through our comfort zone, we give ourselves a new way to stretch and see the world.
As I was stitching, I couldn’t help but recognise the similarity between my experience and my relationship with my inner critic. When it comes to the creative process, we can be our own worst enemies. If we aren’t careful those self-criticisms can limit our creative thought. This quilt eventually became a symbol of growth and positivity – it is about pushing through those boundaries and creating resilience as we stretch our comfort zone muscles. It is a reminder that we are capable of great things from the inside, out.
I made this quilt with the Vintage Picnic collection by Bonnie & Camille for Moda Fabrics. The collection has strong contrasting colours, making the blocks pop and providing great striking visual movement throughout the quilt.
When choosing fabric, it helps to pick fabrics with enough colour variety that they can provide an array of hues to choose from for the contrasting solid arrow fabric. Alternatively, you could create a more subtle effect by keeping all the arrows the same solid colour.
For the skinny final border, I chose to use a fabric with little contrast – it was designed to be a visual extension of the background fabric, and I didn’t want it to compete with the centre blocks. It provides just enough interest without being overwhelming for its width.
The Inside Out Quilt-Along gets underway in August
Aqua Paisley Studio is turning 4!
It has been 4 roller coaster years since the launch of the very first APS pattern, and I would love to celebrate with you!!
For 5 weeks, beginning August 2nd, I will be hosting the Inside Out quilt-along.
This is such a fun, easy to piece quilt, and it’s cute too 🙂
This is going to be a casual community event – but to give you some sort of timeframe I am proposing the following:
- 2nd August / Week 1 – Sorting the fabric
- 9th August / Week 2 – Make 3 blocks
- 16th August / Week 3 – Make 3 blocks
- 23rd August / Week 4 – Make 3 blocks
- 30th August / Week 5 – Borders
Over the 5 weeks you will receive weekly motivational emails and prompts encouraging you to think about your creative practice in new ways. And hopefully inspire you to connect to the width and breadth of your creative potential. Make sure you register to receive the emails.
It’s going to be fun, and I will be sharing on both Instagram and in the Aqua Paisley Studio – QAL Community group on Facebook, so please follow along and share your own Inside Out quilt 🙂
The Inside Out Quilt Pattern Is Available Now…
- You can purchase and download the pattern immediately here .
- And until August 2nd 2019 it’s available for $8AUD (approx $5.60USD).
Please note if you live outside Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the US, or if for some reason you can not purchase the pattern directly from this website, you can purchase it for $6USD here.
I’m all ready to go! Fabric is purchased (like I needed another Jelly Roll!😜) and pattern will be purchased in about 60 seconds! Looking forward to this!
Thanks Bec – glad to sew along with you 🙂
Robin Preston says
I’m very excited to get my strips ready this week, but I have a question. It says to divide fabric pieces into 9 groups of 4 sets. I am using a jelly roll and a charm square pkg. What does that mean for me? I’m a little confused.
Thank you so much,
Robin Preston says
I loved making this quilt! It’s still waiting to be quilted, but it was very enjoyable to make!