Spiros, I was teaching in Edmonds, Washington last week and while I was there the guild shared this photo of their 2011 raffle quilt, which was based on Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts:


(Sorry the quality isn’t better – it’s a scan from a postcard.)

Here’s what the guild wrote about the quilt in their newsletter:

The 2011 QA Raffle Quilt was created by Carolee Hopper, Marcia Sakrison, Linda Treggett, and Carol Whaley; quilted by Wanda Rains.

We wanted a sense of movement within the quilt and decided on the Twisted Log Cabin block, using Barbara Kaempfer’s Log Cabin with a Twist and RaNae Merrill’s Simply Amazing Spiral Quilts as inspiration.  Electric Quilt 6 (EQ6) software was used to draft blocks and design the quilt, so we could print out paper piecing patterns and yardage requirements.

The majority of the fabrics in the top are batiks, with some subtle prints added.  We used eight color gradations of teal and coffee in each block, with only six in any one section.  There are 1576 pieces, of which only 46 are not acute triangles.  At one time the working title of the quilt was “It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.”  Quilter’s Dream Wool batting was used to give the loft and lightness needed in a quilt with so many seams.  The quilt measures 84″ x 100″.

We felt that the sense of movement was indeed achieved and that it presented an Art Nouveau impression, thus the title “Nouveau Twist.”  Many thanks for the generous donations and/or discounts from The Warm Company, Wanda Rains and Seawatch Fabrics.  Thanks also to Cindy Hopper for EQ6 design assistance.  Tickets for this superb quilt are only $1 each.  Be sure to purchase some for yourself and for gifts!

Ladies, you did a beautiful job!  It’s always so much fun to see where spirals end up – thanks for sharing!

RaNae 🙂

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