New Tricks

Kit Robinson, the Senior Editor of MQU, and I are pretty experienced quilters, but we still regularly learn new things from our contributors.

When we first saw Sandi Snow’s quilts we were intrigued by the dramatic interlocking circles she often uses as a quilting motif. What did we do? Ask her to write an article about it of course! It turns out that one of her secrets is using Cindy Needham’s Ultimate Backgrounds stencils to create textures in the circles.

Detail from Improv on Red, ©2016 Sandi Snow
Detail from Improv on Red, ©2016 Sandi Snow

Cindy has a line of stencils designed expressly to create grids for an endless array of background fills. Two aspects of the stencils that particularly appeal to me are that they come in multiple sizes, and in an array of grid types. She has many educational videos on her site, and if you’re a Pinterest user you can see lots of examples of backgrounds created from her stencils on her Pinterest page (also accessible from her site). Here are just two examples of some of her beautiful backgrounds.

cindy needham sample 1
©Cindy Needham Background fill sample
cindy needham sample 2
©Cindy Needham Background fill sample

So how about Sandi’s other tips for creating her unique circle designs? Find out about all the details of her innovative technique, as well as much more, in our latest issue of MQU, available now on our website and newsstands.

MQU 16-05 May cover

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