Introducing “Anvil Remixed”

by Nicole

Dear Reader,

How is 2018 going for you? Are you reaching those quilting/sewing goals you set for this year?

One of my goals this year is to pare down my w.i.p. (work in progress) list. So far I’m making progress.

Here’s my daughter modeling my latest finish, a w.i.p. that I started at last year’s QuiltCon.

I started this quilt in a workshop with Riane Menardi of Vessel Quilts. It uses a technique that was new to me. You start with a super-sized quilt block and then cut it up and reposition it.

I chose the Anvil block, a traditional block made from squares and half-square triangles. At 40″ x 40″, it was one of the largest quilt blocks I’ve ever made. Here’s a sketch of what it looked like before it chopped it up.

I cut it up into random pieces and played around with the layout. I also added a little pop of orange for fun and lots of white space to allow the design to float in an open space.

I consulted with my graphic designer friend, Melissa from BlustitchΒ to get advice on using design principles for a good layout. She has a great artistic eye for these kinds of things and I was thankful to get her input (thanks, Melissa!).

I chose straight lines for the quilting to keep with the minimalist look and also follow the direction of the triangles.

For the binding, I went with the same fabric as the background to keep things nice and simple and not detract from the main design.

I am thrilled to cross another quilt off the list and move it onto the “finished” pile. Plus, I’m also happy with how it turned out. Maybe I’ll try this “remixing” technique again, but for now, it’s back to the w.i.p. pile to decide on what’s next!

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Beverley February 25, 2018 - 4:06 pm

Your quilts are AMAZING.Love the way you think out of the box.

Nicole March 4, 2018 - 8:58 pm

Thanks, Beverley! It was a great technique to try out. I love to experiment!

Cynthia Marrs February 25, 2018 - 4:24 pm

What a wonderful idea to “chop” up a big block and make something so new. You’re so clever.

Nicole March 4, 2018 - 8:59 pm

Thanks, Cynthia! Although I do give credit to Riane for introducing me to this technique!

Claudia W February 25, 2018 - 5:55 pm


Nicole March 4, 2018 - 9:00 pm

Thanks, Claudia!

Cindy B February 25, 2018 - 6:48 pm

I love everything about this!! Once again, beautiful job!

Nicole March 4, 2018 - 9:00 pm

Thanks, Cindy! I’m happy with how it turned out. And thrilled to have another wip done!

Diane February 25, 2018 - 6:50 pm

Love it!

Nicole March 4, 2018 - 9:01 pm

Thanks, Diane!

Jayne February 26, 2018 - 10:18 am

What a beautiful quilt! I love the idea of super sizing and chopping….what fun!

Nicole March 4, 2018 - 9:02 pm

Thanks, Jayne! It was fun to try something new. I can’t wait to try it again, but first I have to tackle these wips!

Debbie February 26, 2018 - 11:09 am

Beautiful! As always πŸ™‚

Nicole March 4, 2018 - 9:02 pm

Thanks, Debbie!

karen February 26, 2018 - 12:50 pm

Wow! What a crazy idea and a gorgeous result. And those pops of orange are the icing on the cake.

Nicole March 4, 2018 - 9:03 pm

Thanks, Karen! It is a bit unorthodox, isn’t it?!? And of course, I have to squeeze in a bit of orange. Next time I’ll have to do pink AND orange!

Rosemary B February 26, 2018 - 3:01 pm

cutie pie alert. Your little girl is so sweet to show this quilt in a very beautiful fashion
The quilt is very very pretty.

Nicole March 4, 2018 - 9:04 pm

Hi Rosemary,
Thank you for the kind words! I’ve very fortunate that my girl is willing to play quilt model!
Take care,

Melanie February 27, 2018 - 7:50 am

What a great modern quilt! Love the idea and to add those orange pops was perfect. Enjoy your decreasing w.i.p. pile and this amazing finished quilt πŸ™‚

Nicole March 4, 2018 - 9:05 pm

Thanks, Melanie! I am thrilled to get it done after more than a year in the wip pile. Now, it’s back to work on that wip pile!

Sophie Zaugg February 27, 2018 - 12:31 pm

I love the design of this quilt ! I attended Riane’s lecture at last Quiltcon and this technique is on my to-do list since then.

Nicole March 4, 2018 - 9:08 pm

Thanks, Sophie! It’s a great technique. I highly recommend giving it a try!

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