Designer Spotlight: Christopher Thompson

We’ve been waiting for this month to arrive! We’ve been talking with Christopher Thompson, a.k.a. Tattooed Quilter, for quite some time but we wanted to line his Designer Spotlight appearance up with the launch of his much anticipated Blue Carolina fabric line with Riley Blake and his matching thread collection with Aurifil.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT CHRISTOPHER

Christopher, how do you describe yourself?

Fashion industry professional by day, modern quilter and fabric designer by night. I love gummy bears, long walks around NYC, and my french bulldog Edie. I love inspiring others to create without boundaries.

 

What is your favorite OLFA tool & why?

I can’t live without my Splash 45 mm Rotary Cutter! In fact, I love it so much that I have four (you know—for when I can’t find the other three—haha!). The Splash Rotary Cutter is the perfect size without being bulky and changing the blade is easy-peasy too. The aqua version is my favorite, well, until them come out with a black version (hint, hint Olfa!).

 

What size ruler could you not live without?

ALL THE RULERS!

 

When do you do your most creative work? (ex. Time of day, certain season, certain project types, etc)

I find that I do my most creative work during the afternoon/evening hours. I listen to music, eat a few gummy bears, and create.

 

Which comes first: the pattern or the fabric?

THE FABRIC! As cliché as it sounds, I let the fabric do the talking.

 

Are you as clever in the kitchen as you are in your sewing space?

Haha. NO! I can however make a mean ground beef taco.

 

What is the dominant color in your stash?

In no particular order: navy, black, white, and grey.

 

How many WIP’s do you have lying around right now?

What was the question? =)

 

What is something most people would be surprised to know about you?

That I work in the fashion industry by day.

 

Who taught you to sew or quilt?

My great-granny, my granny, and a slew of other fabulous ladies!

 

If you could choose one for free, which would it be: a new sewing machine or a long-arm?

BOTH! Haha.

 

From where (or whom) do you draw inspiration?

The fashion industry is a great source. I also love visiting art galleries.

 

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SPOTLIGHT PROJECT: OPPOSITES ATTACT, a mini quilt

A fresh and modern take on the wonky log cabin quilt block, where simplicity and design create harmony through light and dark colors.

 

Beginner friendly

Perfect weekend project

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materials needed (for 1 of the 2 mini quilts):

(3) prints, 2 1/2’’ x WOF strips

(4) 3 x 3’’ squares in a coordinating color

(1) 13 x 13’’ square of backing

(1) 15 x 15’’ square of batting

(1) 1/6 yd. for binding

OLFA® 6-1/2″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler (1071798)

OLFA® 6″X12″ Square Frosted Acrylic Ruler (1071819)

OLFA® 45mm Deluxe Handle Rotary Cutter

OLFA® 17″ X 24″ Folding Cutting Mat (1119732)

OLFA® 5″ Precision Smooth Edge Scissors (1096876)

general sewing supplies

please note: you can use fat quarters for this entire project. just sub-cut each print into 2 1/2’’ x WOF strips.

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finished sizes:

block: 6 1/2’’ x 6 1/2’’

quilt: 12’’ x 12’’

 

piecing instructions:

1. Take one 3 x 3’’ square

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2. Place one print strip above your square, sub-cut the strip slightly larger than the square

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3. Repeat for the left side. this time, slightly larger than the square and top strip

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4. Take the top strip and lay it at a slight angle on your square, right sides together.

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5. Using your presser foot as a guide, sew the pieces together

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6. Using your ruler, align the 1/4’’ mark on the sew line, trim to create your seam allowance press toward the top strip

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7. Repeat the same steps for the left side, reverse your angle for more diversity in shape

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8. Trim 1/4’’ seam allowance press toward the left strip

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9. For the second set of strips, remember to cut them slightly larger than the rest of the block

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10. Sew the top strip first, following the same method as the first set, sew them slightly at an angle

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11. After you’ve sewn the top strip, remember to trim your 1/4’’ seam allowance, press toward the top strip and repeat the same steps for your left strip

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12. For the third set of strips, remember to cut them slightly larger than the rest of the block

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13. Sew the top and left side following the same method as the first and second set remember to trim your 1/4’’ seam allowance, press toward the top and left side

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14. Take your 6 1/2’’ square ruler and place it on your block at an angle, that adds to the wonky effect, making sure you have plenty of block left to trim

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15. Trim (or square) your block following the edge of the ruler

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16. You now have a wonky 6 1/2’’ square block; make 3 more blocks

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Finishing instructions:

1. Sew the 4 blocks together, using a 1/4’’ seam allowance

2. Press seams open

3. Layer batting and backing

4. Quilt and bind as desired

To create the opposites effect, make a second mini quilt and flip your second mini quilt. So fun, right?

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