Interstices XVII Quilt

Interstices XVII by Scott A. Murkin

About this Quilt

Finished Size : 84” x 93"

Rating : Intermediate

Designed By : Scott A. Murkin

Want to make a statement with your quilts? Make sure you leave plenty of negative space for quilting. And while you are at it, create an ingenious block that is simple to execute yet has a powerful graphic punch.

Designer Scott Murkin may have called his quilt “Interstices” – the space ‘between’ things, including the negative space in a modern quilt design that is perfect for showcasing machine quilting – but we couldn’t get over how much the graphic display of bold lines on a white background resembled a Scottish argyle sweater.

Like the knit argyle, this quilt design appears to be more complex than it is due to the insertion of black strips into a pieced block. Yes, the blocks are pieced, then sliced at regular intervals. Thin black strips are inserted, creating the vibrating lines that intersect both the colored triangles and the white background. And the result? Perfection.

Download this quilt pattern plus a dozen more in the May/June issue of Modern Patchwork.


  • 5 yards white for blocks and binding
  • 2 yards black
  • 1-3/8 yards each of raspberry, teal, mustard, and blue
  • 2-5/8 yards 108” –wide backing  (or 8 ¼ yards 40″ –wide fabric)
  • Queen size batting

Pick up your copy of Modern Patchwork for this pattern and more!