With Sujata's permission,
I have been teaching from her Cultural Fusion Quilts book
at the newest of our local quilt shops.
Epicenter (above and below) is my recent sample quilt
that helped promote the freeform rail fence class.
Instead of a regular binding, I used facing for this one,
my fifth free form rail fence quilt.
You can read the story behind the facing decision HERE.
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But as all of us who have made Sujata's quilts before know,
there's more than one way to work with her blocks.
Hence the title of this post . . .
Using the block samples in the book,
I made one version that reminds me of a coins quilt.
32" x 32" - bound with a soft yellow solid.
That same block could be rotated 90 degrees
and become a vertical coins/column-style quilt.
Same layout but quite a different look.
I quilted this one with Buttercup Yellow
using my wavy window blind shadow design.
Another set of step out blocks were laid out
in the quarter log cabin style.
I really like this design and wonder
how it would evolve with even more blocks.
One day I may even make another one
just so I can play with the idea.
Backed with a soft floral and bound with a solid.
32" x 32" and quilted along the seam lines
with an organic wavy line
using Buttercup yellow Glide thread.
Inspired by LeeAnn's quilt in the book,
I took the pinwheel idea a step further.
Instead of keeping the four quadrants together,
I split them up to create this layout.
32" x 32"
Backed with a Tula Pink print and
bound with a soft purple Moda Marble.
I quilted this one in a wiggly concentric spiral
from the center out to the edges
using Eggplant Glide thread.
Hopefully these example quilts
demonstrate to the students
that there is more than one way
to work with Sujata's freeform rail fence blocks!