This past week has been my week of OPS – Other People’s Stuff. I’ve had such a fun time sewing other people’s patterns – first there was Jane’s Bob Box and now I have my version of a pattern by Peta from She Quilts A lot. It’s called True North, and I’ve made the mini version (finishes 18″ x 18″).
Peta is such a top chick and I’m lucky enough to have her living 10 minutes away. As a result, the poor woman sees me often. The last time I saw her she showed me the paper version of her mini pattern (because I’m contemplating making my patterns available in hard copy too) and I slipped it into my bag when she wasn’t looking. Just kidding, I asked first.
It’s a great little pattern and I really enjoyed making it. I was a little worried how I’d go with the small pieces, but it actually wasn’t bad at all. Peta gives pressing instructions so that it all fits/nests together nicely which makes a huge difference. Yay for well-written patterns!
I decided to use some left overs from a quilt I’d made with Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe line. It’s such a lovely line and this mini shows how you can pick and chose to make your work as vibrant or as subdued as you like, because there is a range of colours to choose from. I quilted it in free-hand, kind of wavy diagonal lines. I chose a thread fabric that would make the quilting stand out a bit.
Peta’s True North mini (on the pattern cover) is a scrappy version that gives equal attention to all the ‘compass blocks’ within the pattern. I decided that I wanted to make the centre block pop and have the surrounding ones recede a little. I love how changing fabric colours and values can make a pattern look so different.
(Photo nicked from Peta’s website)
If you love Peta’s True North pattern, too, you can find both the full size and the mini version in her shop!
I’ll be back again soon with another OPS finish.