Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Hello, Helix!

I met Emily Herrick at Quilt Market in the spring and she gave me a copy of her new book, Geared for Guys.

Then she mentioned that she was looking for bloggers who wanted to remake any of these "guy-friendly" designs in a different look for a blog hop. Needless to say, I volunteered! I chose Helix, shown below. I love all those shades of green, and how they spiral out on a wonky angle. The scenery in her photo isn't too shabby either...

I remade the quilt using a solid teal and Gudrun Erla's "Super" collection from Red Rooster Fabrics. I love how the teal, red, orange, and lime work together! I have a friend who was just diagnosed with cancer, and I think this cheery quilt will be just the thing for her.
What's neat about this pattern is you start piecing straight on, Courthouse Steps style, and then partway through you trim on angles and sew on additional strips.

From a slightly different angle:

A close-up look of the texture. I straight line quilted the teal (lots of pivoting!) and then did a loopier look in the pieced strips. I love the look after a good washing and drying!

Close-up of the center:

Full impact with a flat shot!

This quilt is different than anything I've ever made--neat pattern, Emily!  You can buy her Geared for Guys quilt book, featuring this pattern and 7 others, from her etsy shop, and she has a digital version as well (no shipping!). Follow along for the next 10+ days as ten more quilters (plus Erika, yesterday)  show off their versions of Emily’s patterns in the Geared for Guys Remix tour. Check out their blogs for some additional inspiration!
Sept 4: Erika from Pink Suede Shoe
Sept 5: me, right here!
Sept 6: April  from Making Ends Meet
Sept 7: Vickie from Spun Sugar Quilts
Sept 8: Sinta from Pink Pincushion
Sept 9: Marion from My Quilt Diet
Sept 10: Sherri from A Quilting Life
Sept 11: April from Prairie Grass Patterns
Sept 12: Tricia from Notes of Sincerity
Sept 13: Shannon from It’s Sew Shannon
Sept 14: Shari from Doohikey Design Studio
Sept 15: Michael from Patchwork and Paper
Sept 16: Author and designer Emily Herrick to wrap things up and a giveaway.

And just because I can't resist, two more shots with my helpful assistant. 
(He really does want you to see the backing fabric, you know!)

p.s. Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict's Can I get a whoop whoop? and Quilt Story's Fabric Tuesday because I think this quilt is really something to whoop about! :)


  1. LOVE your version! And your helpful assistant makes it even more lovely!

  2. Looks terrific! Love the quilting choice and the little assistant!

  3. wow - this turned out awesome! Great job :) hugs and kisses to the little assistant too!

  4. GORGEOUS!!!!! It's just beautiful. I LOVE IT!!!

  5. This is awesome! I love the quilt! I love her version, and I love yours even more (the colors are right up my alley). Well done!

  6. I love your version of this quilt! It's so nice to be able to see a design from different perspectives! I have been looking for some patterns with men in mind for a while and I cannot wait to see how the rest of the "tour" looks! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Pretty quilt! Your assistant is adorable. :)

  8. This is fantastic! I am currently in love with dark teal. I think it's my new neutral, it goes with everything :) And your quilting is fabulous, all those tiny lines! Amazing!

  9. Love your quilt and the "Little Man!" Your quilting certainly does the quilt justice. Love it!

  10. Beautiful! I love the colors you chose!

  11. This is an unusual pattern to put on point. Gorgeous!

  12. love the colors! Isn't just awesome how much difference fabric choice makes in a pattern!

  13. This quilt is amazing in both color ways!! I especially love it with the turquoise for gals. WOW!! Strikingly beautiful.

  14. I LOVE this quilt! I love your quilting too! Thanks for sharing! :)

  15. Wow - that is a beautiful quilt! I love the colors you chose.

  16. That is a very cool quilt, and an even cooler assistant! Whoop whoop!!

  17. I have to say I wasn't too impressed by the book BUT now that the ladies have put their twist on it, I Love It! Your quilt is just adorable and the quilting too. Thanks for helping me see the possiblity of the book.

  18. Beautiful but I think she could have called it Vertigo! Love your handsome little model showcasing your vibrant quilt!

  19. The 3D effect in the flat shot is great! It's so fun.

  20. This quilt turned out SO awesome!! It's one of my favorites in the book and I love seeing it in different colors. The quilting is amazing too!