California artists Diana McClun and Laura Nownes have been working together since the 1980's, when their first book Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! was born. With over one million copies sold to date, this book is often referred to as "the bible" of quiltmaking. Many of Diana and Laura's patterns are suitable for strip piecing, jelly rolls and other confections.... here are just a few of our favorites.
Sparkling Spools, by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, Laura Nownes.com
We love simple patterns that look spectacular. "Sparkling spools" is just one of Diana and Laura's Simply Strip Pieced Patterns.
Bow Tie, 64 x 80", by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, Laura Nownes.com
This easy to piece classic pattern focuses more on the placement of light and dark fabrics rather than the bow tie design, and it looks posititvely modern in this design. Imagine the fabric possibilities !
Origami Pinwheels, by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, Laura Nownes.com
These pinwheels are so elegant and clever..the look of a traditional Japanese design is achieved without fabric folding!
You can find Diana and Laura's entire line of patterns at Laura Nownes.com. Here are a few more of our favorites: The Big Tumble (which we featured in our 2010 series on Tumbling Block Quilts); Sensu (fan); Strippy Stripes; Bamboo and Pinwheels; and Pinwheels in my Garden.
Image credits: Images are shown with the generous permission of Laura Nownes. You also can find Laura at the See How We Sew blog.