Tutorial – Shadow Mini Quilt
Today’s tutorial is for a mini Shadow quilt. I found this tutorial on Debora’s website, Studio Dragonfly. While Debora’s instructions are for a mini quilt, you could very easily adapt this pattern for a larger quilt. The basic instructions and overall idea would still apply.
Shadow Quilt Supplies
For the block:
- Focus squares = 20 – 3″ squares
- Shadow = 20 – 1″ x 2 1/2″ rectangles and 20 – 1″ x 3″ rectangles
- Background = 40 – 1″ squares
For the background:
- Sashing = 20 – 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ rectangles between squares
- Row Sashing = 7 – 19 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ strips
- Side Sashing = 2 – 17 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ strips
Shadow Quilt Block:
Here is the basic shadow block. The feature fabric square is 3″ in size. The key for the shadow would be to select a complimentary, darker fabric for a realistic looking shadow. While the brown fabric Debora used isn’t too dark it does make for a perfect silhouette.
Once all 20 blocks are made, they are arranged in a 4 x 5 pattern. Debora cautions that you make sure your shadows are all arranged facing the same way before you begin sewing! She also provides for a few suggestions for quilting on her website.
I find this pattern intriguing. The feature fabrics look like they are floating above the background. What do you think about this tutorial? Have you already made a quilt similar to this, or have we sparked an interest in making one for yourself?
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