A few weeks ago my guild (St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild) brought in Heather Jones to give a trunk show and to teach a couple of weekend classes. I attended the trunk show, which was great, and then took her class, From Inspiration to Design.  We were to bring graph paper, pencils, markers, and an inspirational photograph. The idea is not to reproduce the photo but to draw elements out of the photo and come up with an inspired design. Here is the photo I chose.

There is really so much going on in it and I could probably come up with so many more things and, in fact, I have a couple in mind. What I really focused on, though, were all the bright colors and the uneven gray tiles on the ground.

It was no surprise to me that my first drawing was symmetrical and a little rigid but I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone so I tried something else and I’m so happy with how it turned out!

If you’d like to make your own, the fabric requirements, cutting instructions, and layout follows. This quilt measures 60″ x 60″.  If you’d like to print the cutting instructions and chart, you can find a printable pdf here.  You can print out a sheet of pattern piece markers here.

Fabric Requirements & Cutting Instructions

Backing: 3-5/8 yards

Batting: Twin Size 72″ x 90″ or 2 yard cut off 90″ wide roll

Binding: 1/2 yard for 2.5″ strips

Quilt Layout

1) Set aside W1, W2, and W14 pieces.

2) Following layout, construct the 5 inner columns as shown.

3) Add W14 sashing pieces in between columns.

4) Add W2 borders and then W1.

5) Quilt as desired.

I’d love to see yours if you make one. Use the hashtag #offthegridquilt so I can find you!

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