I’m catching up on new pattern blog posts – so let’s talk about one of our newest patterns – Prismatic!. Boldly go where no colour has gone before! – It’s a terrific pattern for batiks, prints or solids! And good news, it may look complicated, but it’s not.
Prismatic! is a fun, easy to piece quilt. All the blocks are pieced exactly in the same fashion..the only difference is how the fabrics are combined and in what order they appear in each block. Luckily, we gave you a handy reference chart in the pattern, and if you follow that and a few additional tips below – you’ll be on your way to creating this gorgeous quilt. Click here to purchase the pattern in either a paper pattern or PDF download pattern.
This new pattern from Colourwerx was designed by Carl on a whim….he was playing around in EQ7 designing quilt block patterns while watching TV one night and happened to switch the channel over to CBS…the logo appeared….this was the result —- see the similarity? Kinda like a cat’s eye, right…. Sometimes it takes just a little inspiration to light a creative fire; and yes, that old saying that ‘inspiration is everywhere’ is absolutely true.
Since the quilt is entirely pieced (and not foundation or paper pieced as many think), a good 1/4″ seam is imperative, so you’ll need to whip out that 1/4″ patchwork presser foot for your sewing machine. Mine is the #97 for my Bernina 750QE – it comes with this handy metal guide that keeps my 1/4″ seams perfect and I love it!
Fabric selection for Prismatic! is super easy too – you just need twelve coordinating fabrics plus three neutrals for the backgrounds. The pattern includes two sizes: a Large Lap with a 6″ finished block – and measures 72″ x 84″ – which uses just twelve half yards; and a Small Lap Size with a 4″ finished block – and measures 48″ x 56″ – which uses just twelve fat quarters. Refer to the Material List at your right for further information on yardage requirements.
So if you’ve been lusting after half yard bundles or fat quarter bundles this may be the perfect pattern! I selected to use one of our personally curated bundles of gorgeous batik fabrics from Island Batiks. This is now available for purchase in Fat Quarter or Half Yard bundles in our Colourwerx shop – click here for more information.
It of course follows colour wheel order (….and I always love a good colour wheel order quilt…), but the depth of saturation and gorgeous texture of the Island Batik Basics really call out to me. This colour palette may also look familiar to you as I chose this exact same bundle to use for the Big Kahuna version of my ModTiki quilt – this pattern is also available on on our Colourwerx website here. For the background fabrics, I used my favorite Island Batik neutrals in the colors of Smoke (dark gray), Tin (light gray) and White. Once your fabrics are selected, creating a fabric color key is paramount – just snip a 1″ square from each fabric, staple the fabric squares to a piece of paper and label them accordingly. This key will aid you continually in keeping your fabrics coordinated and in the order needed to make the pattern work.
Cutting your fabrics is also pretty easy too – using the pattern templates provided and following the cutting chart provided in the pattern, each fabric has exactly the same quantity of shapes cut – it’s just a matter of cutting the correct template shape from each fabric. Once the fabrics are cut, the most challenging part is to separate and combine the the fabric shapes into the different block combinations, following the color coded block combination chart provided in the pattern. There are thirty three different block combinations, so getting the right shape in right color in the correct combination is important – check and double check!.
Once my block combos were separated, I placed each of them into ziplock bag and labelled how many blocks I needed to make for that combo – all I needed to do was select a bag and sew the units together in that bag. Eazy peazy, right?
Once all thirty three combinations were completed, I laid out the blocks on my design board and began to sew the blocks together. I then quilted it on my APQS Lucey longarm with an all over pantograph pattern. Voila!!
This pattern is so versatile and as mentioned above, choosing twelve coordinating fabrics will always create beautiful results…Here are a few other versions of Prismatic!
Prismatic! is a super fun quilt – so dive in and step up your colour game! Thanks for your support and happy holidays! Until your next colour fix~Linda & Carl