Go Your Own Way


About this Quilt


When you are wondering which way to go in life, why not make a quilt? Elaine Theriault’s tessellating arrow quilt is a striking two-color quilt that is astonishingly easy to make. Made up of strip-pieced rows alternating with half square triangles, this quilt will stitch together quickly for a fun weekend project.

While this quilt is dramatically modern made in all solids, substitute a soft floral for the arrows to make a more romantic design or sure a fun novelty fabric for a more childish design. Perfect to throw on the back of a sofa in a modern apartment, to make as a gift for a recent college grad, and masculine enough for a Father’s Day quilt.

Designer Inspiration

I started with the idea of tessellating arrows and this is the result that I got. I love the movement in the quilt as the “arrows” shift to the left and the right as you look down the quilt. It was a wee bit of a challenge to keep all the pieces going in the right direction and several times I had to unsew a block or two. Strip piecing the center of the arrows made for fast piecing. This is one that definitely needs laying out on the design wall.

I can see this quilt being made in many different color combinations with high contrast to make the elements stand out. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed working with this new collection by Northcott.

It’s easy to make (a bit of challenge to sew), but again—very interesting concept with half square triangles.

Pattern Details

Quilt Designed by: Elaine Theriault
Pieced and Quilted by: Elaine Theriault
Skill Level: Intermediate
Finished Size: 42″ x 54”
Finished Blocks: 18 (6 ½“ X 12 ½“) strip pieced Blocks and 26 (6 ½“) blocks
Fabrics: Fabrics in the quilt shown are from Canvas collection by Deborah Edwards for Northcott.

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