Designer, fabric challenge, New Fabric, Patterns, Projects

Mohawk Trail: A Horizon Quilt by Natalie Crabtree

“There’s nothing more exciting to me than a quilty challenge! I have been honored to create several complex stunners for Windham/Anthology. It’s such a wonderful feeling to receive that email, think about the complexity of the pattern, and open that ultra-creative part of my brain. Sometimes I can’t wait even five minutes before hopping on the computer!

So when my friends at Windham Fabrics tasked me with creating a quilt based on one of Grant Haffner’s incredible pieces of art, I immediately thought about the logistics of this pattern, how to create a digital image of it in EQ8, and what would be the easiest path for makers. I started with deciding which of Grant’s pieces I would try to duplicate. I studied his art, searching for opportunities for straight seams, ways to assemble a quilt in sections, and simple template work. Some of this pieces would be incredible to see in fabric, but may not translate in fabric, or more importantly for me as the writer, translate to a feasible quilt pattern.

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Mohawk Trail Quilt: designed by Natalie Crabtree and quilted by Holly Seever

Finally I settled on Mohawk Trail! In order to get proportions, lines, and angles right in EQ8 I uploaded an image of Grant’s art into EQ8 and began tracing. Some angles had to be modified in order to have a straight seam, or a seam that was possible. Using the tracing feature in EQ8 allowed me to, almost exactly, mimic Grant’s art

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Detail photo of Horizon fabrics

Now the fun part, coloring the quilt! I used Grant’s awesome new line Horizon along with the stunning Artisan Cottons. Artisan Cottons blend 2 colors or tones beautifully adding depth where a simple solid fabric wouldn’t. This was the perfect pairing for Grant’s colorful fabric line. Many of the colors used in the original Mohawk Trail translated really well using Artisan Cottons and Horizon and matched the original art almost perfectly.
 

Now time to plan creating this sample! In order to begin work on this project, I had to print around 150 pages of templates. Whew! 150 pages of templates that had to be cut out, paired together and taped. Generally, when I create an intensive project like this, it never fails that I create the sample quilt before the pattern is written! I actually love that method, because I learn and write as I go based on my actual sewing experiences. Because I had to print 150 pages of templates for the large sample quilt, I knew that it would be best to create a smaller wall hanging size for the actual pattern. We were able to reduce the number of template pages greatly by making the pattern based on a 40” x 40” quilt.

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Mohawk Trail on the longarm!

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Corner detail of Mohawk Trail

I created the sample in a few days, speed sewing to ensure we met Quilt Market deadlines! The gorgeous custom quilting was done by Holly Seever.

I adored this quilty challenge and look forward to seeing what Grant creates next!”

~Natalie

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Natalie (& Joel) with Take Flight


Where it all began…

Mohawk Trail by Grant Haffner

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The original Mohawk Trail by Grant Haffner

To learn more about Grant Haffner, please visit his website (Click on the link below)

We’re so excited to announce that the Mohawk Trail quilt pattern is available for you to download! 
 

Horizon by Grant Haffner is shipping to stores now!


Get involved and enter a quilt or project in the Horizon Challenge!

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Refract: A Horizon Quilt by Tamara Kate

In preparation for the Horizon Challenge, we’ll bring you inspiration from our “Sewlebrities” all month! Next up, Tamara Kate with her quilt, Refract.

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The Refract quilt is free to download on the Windham website!

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I love a good challenge, so when presented with Grant’s Horizon fabrics, I jumped at the opportunity to design a quilt with them as these large-stroke, painterly prints are outside my usual wheelhouse. I was particularly attracted to the lush colors in the prints and to the way the strokes of color change (subtly or dramatically) along the length of the fabrics. 

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I chose to play with the simple shape of an equilateral triangle to let the fabrics really speak for themselves and to dissect these triangles in order to play with the aforementioned color changes. I love how bold the finished product is!  ~Tamara Kate

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Refract detail: backed with Bedrock in Indigo


Tamara is a licensed fabric and product designer, quilter, teacher and spokesperson for Janome Canada who is best known for the playful and joyous use of colour she employs in her designs. Both her fabrics and her quilts have been featured in a number of North American quilting magazines and she regularly creates original quilts for companies within the textile industry. 

Find Tamara on Instagram, Facebook and Kayajoy.com!

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Horizon Fabric by Grant Haffner is shipping to stores this month!

Learn more about Grant Haffner by visiting his website: granthaffner.com

Get involved and enter a quilt or project in the Horizon Challenge!

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