Living amongst the beautiful Norfolk Broads, it's little wonder that when we invited Helen Howes to design for us, her thoughts turned to a nautical theme. Her latest piece - a collaboration with Popular Patchwork magazine - is called Round the Harbour. This delightful quilt is made up of simple improvised sail boat blocks and we think Helen's vibrant choice of Colourshotts will have you yearning for long, warm summer days!
I have always liked boats as a subject, although these days my feet stay dry. And I love the personal style that improvisation brings to a slightly formal block… easy curved piecing for all skill levels.
The blocks, by their very nature, are wonderfully scaleable, lending themselves to projects ranging from place mats and cushions to totes and full size quilts.
Your cuts are like your handwriting, they will be personal to you. My boats are sailing in both directions; yours can go either way or just one exactly as you please. As with all improvised blocks, they will have your own inimitable style.
(Photography by Emma Sekhon for Popular Patchwork magazine.)
Find the Pack 'n Pattern for Round the Harbour here, then making the quilt will be plain sailing!
Helen Howes is one of our most popular designers, with a string of much-loved projects to her name. In case you missed it, check out her Morning Tiger Quilt. You can read about Helen's approach to colour and design in our designer spotlight.