Featured Designer: Soma Acharya
How did you get into quilting?
I love to draw and paint with watercolour. Screen printing also fascinates me because I love drawing pictures which are blocked off by shapes.
I love the concept of drawing pictures with fabric, and paper piecing lets me do that. Paper piecing method is a lot like screen-printing to me, only with fabric. When I saw the beautiful paper piecing designs out there, I couldn’t wait to get my feet wet. It is the reason I got into quilting.
I only started quilting earlier this year, so I don’t have many quilts to show. Here is the very first and at this point only lap quilt I finished making.
How/when/why did you transition from a quilter to a designer?
I believe I was a designer before I was a quilter. I designed my first paper piecing pattern for a blog hop even before I made a quilt. Quilting came much later because I had to do something with all the blocks that I was designing.
Which quilt is your favourite? Did you design it? Why is it your favourite?
I don’t have many quilts to pick from at this point. Winter Accessories would be my most favourite because nothing makes me happier than winter. I drafted the pattern in the middle of summer of this year!
Currently I am spending more time designing and making blocks rather than quilts. So, I thought I would share my most favourite block: Weeping Angle.
How many UFOs do you currently have? If you consider WIPs as UFOs, then 4.
What size of quilt do you prefer to make/design? Lap quilts – I like to make lap quilts using twenty 10″ paper piecing blocks. I and my husband read a lot in the living room; lap quilts are perfect for keeping our toes toasty. Mini quilts – These are usually made with a grouping of four 10″ blocks of a related theme. I love to see my quilts being used, so my kitties use them.
What colour do you use most often in your quilts? I mostly make paper piecing blocks. The colour is really directed by the theme of the block. If I have to pick a colour, then lately I have made a lot of blocks with sky in it, so I think there is a bit of blue in a lot of the blocks.
Favourite one-sentence tip for a new quilter: Get a quarter-inch foot if it is available for your machine.
Favourite size and brand of rotary cutter: Olfa 45mm
Favourite quote or mantra: Design what makes you happy!
Block Party #32 – Autumn Harvest
Here’s Soma’s block, Autumn Harvest. It’s a gorgeous paper pieced block. Head over to her blog to download the pattern.
See the previous free quilt blocks!
Soma is giving away a combination of three Christmas fat quarters and a 10″ winter landscape pattern from her shop called Winter Meadow. Winter Meadow can be combined nicely with her Autumn Harvest block. Visit Soma’s blog to enter the give-away.