I have a new quilt pattern to share with you – it’s called Connections.
Connections. There’s a story behind its design.
This pattern is made of rings connected in many directions. To me, these rings represent our lives. The corner diamonds joining them are all those things that sustain and support our lives – our friends, jobs, dreams, goals and passions.
The thickest and strongest connection, shown in yellow, is that which means the most to you. The one thing that keeps your life together and guides it in the right direction (you’ll notice the yellow connections only run in one direction). Perhaps that overarching, guiding force is your family. Or maybe, for you, that directing force is God. I suspect for many, it would be both.
Connections is very suitable for beginner quilters – it’s a two block pattern that comes with instructions for 5 sizes – baby, lap (seen here in teal), twin, queen and king.
Baby Quilt Layout
Twin Quilt Layout
Queen/King Quilt Layout
Connections is fat quarter friendly and a great stash buster. All the blocks have nested seams which are always such a joy to sew with. The teal, lap-sized version you see in the photos is made with 4 different colours, but I also have a 3 colour version to show you (coming up in my next post).
I asked Kelly of the Quilting Machine to long-arm quilt this for me with an edge-to-edge orange peel design. I really love how it turned out. I think the rounded quilting is a nice contrast to the very geometric design.
I backed the quilt with Carolyn Friedlander wide back fabric left over from a previous quilt, teamed with a line of citrus yellow (an AGF Squared Elements fabric). The binding was scrappy, taken from the remnants of all the teal FQs used in the quilt top.
If you would like to sew your own Connections quilt, infused with your own special meaning, you can find the pattern here.
To see more on the orange version, including how I quilted it, see here.