This one-block quilt by Pam Rocco of Santa Cruz, California, is a study in value and contrast. Dig into your scraps to make the vibrant blocks in the corners and center of the quilt, then let cool blue striped or solid fabrics provide a more formal framework in the outer blocks. With no borders and no matching seams in the blocks, this quilt is easy enough for confident beginners who want to get comfortable with partial seam piecing or anyone looking for a fast and fun pattern that encourages you to play with color. Rocco made Kuba Carpet after feeling inspired by how much she enjoyed working with striped fabrics in a different quilt. “The block design was inspired by a piece of barkcloth painted by the Kuba, a Congolese people, but the design reminded me of a carpet from Central Asia,” she said. “The stripes added to the intricate, woven look. I put the darkest multicolored blocks in the outer corners, then arranged the remaining ones in a spiral according to value, from light to dark. I started with the pink block on the top left of the center section, then continued down and around three sides. I finished by running the darkest blocks down the middle of the quilt, from top to bottom.” You can read Rocco’s full column, “Words to Quilt By,” in the June/July 2016 issue of Quilters Newsletter. Kuba Carpet was machine quilted by LindaBarbin of Hollister, California.
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