Coming home from Quilt Market, I knew I had one project that I really wanted to take on, just for me – well kinda. I had gotten the EZ Quilting template over the busy summer months, and was inspired by a painting seen while shopping online for a challenge quilt to be entered into Quiltcon. I ended up calling the quilt Maverick, because it’s kinda outside the norm…here’s more –

Maverick by Amy Ellis -

I pulled out my Match Maker, and the collection of Bella’s that I had on hand and wanted to include, and came up with a plan.

Maverick by Amy Ellis -

Then spent hours piecing the quilt top into rows, and a few more hours quilting it! I didn’t want to piece every triangle in the rows, I thought it would be distracting to have unnecessary seams when it was all the same fabric. So my biggest challenge was to determine the length of strip to cut between each triangle piece. It wasn’t too hard though! Just took some trial and error, with a little math thrown in.

Maverick by Amy Ellis -

I’m so excited about the results! I love the movement in the quilt!

Maverick by Amy Ellis -

To quilt it, I pulled out my ruler, and bounced the needle between the shapes. It’s really a fun way to add loads of texture, and highlight the piecing.

Maverick by Amy Ellis -

I’ll be waiting this month, with the 1100 other quilters that entered quilts, to see if this quilt will be hanging at Quiltcon in Pasadena next year. Did you enter a quilt? Leave a link, I’d love to check it out!

Quilt Stats:

Made with Bella solids, and Crossweave in black

Measures 61″ x 75

Quilted with random straight lines in the background only.

Thanks for stopping by –


By |2017-06-13T11:07:03-06:00December 2nd, 2015|finished quilt|30 Comments


  1. Mary C in WA December 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    What’s not to LOVE! Color with a Grey background to make it POP! Nope I didn’t make a Quilt for QuiltCon.

    • Amy December 2, 2015 at 8:14 pm - Reply

      Thanks Mary!

  2. Karen December 2, 2015 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Amy, I just love this! There’s something about the little triangles against the grey–makes my heart go pitty pat :) And that you left some triangles out there without a mate–genius!

  3. Karen December 2, 2015 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Quick question about the quilting, Amy. What did you do when you ran into a triangle–stitch in the ditch along the triangle to begin quilting in another place or just stopping and tying off and burying threads later (yikes) or . . .? Your quilting is absolutely gorgeous, and I’d love to give it a shot (on something much smaller).

    • Amy December 2, 2015 at 8:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks Karen – I’m really happy with the outcome! The quilting was started and stopped on one side, I would simply pause when I reached a triangle to determine where to go next, the point the ruler and go. Each point is essentially a pivot. Good luck trying it out – it’s really fun to do!

  4. Pauline December 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    It is stunning – absolutely love it. I am sure it will be hanging at Quiltcon – good luck

    • Amy December 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm - Reply

      Thanks Pauline!

  5. tisha @ quiltytherapy December 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Love the solids against the grey. Your quilting is lovely too!

    • Amy December 2, 2015 at 8:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks Tisha! :)

  6. Anja @ Anja Quilts December 2, 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    This is awesome! The quilting looks amazing.

    • Amy December 2, 2015 at 8:20 pm - Reply

      Thanks Anja!

  7. carrie wikanderr December 2, 2015 at 7:21 pm - Reply

    Amy this looks great. I really love the quilting. I did enter a few quilts. We;ll see what happens but I’m still going, no matter what.

    • Amy December 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Carrie! Good Luck to you and your quilts!

  8. Patty D December 3, 2015 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Amy, the quilt looks great! Good luck to you.

    • Amy December 7, 2015 at 10:29 am - Reply

      Thanks Patty!

  9. Amy, a redeemed sheep December 3, 2015 at 7:25 am - Reply

    This quilt is so fantastic!!! The quilling really makes it special!

    • Amy December 7, 2015 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Thanks Amy – I totally agree!

  10. Sandra W December 3, 2015 at 8:21 am - Reply

    What a wonderful quilt. I see how the triangles were set into the rows (top half and bottom half) but can’t see the inset lines for the sides of the triangles. I presume this is how they were done.
    The visual effect is stunning.

    • Amy December 7, 2015 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Thanks Sandra! Yes the triangles were pieced into the rows, all template cutting :)

  11. Cathy December 3, 2015 at 9:15 am - Reply

    This Maverick is FANTASTIC!!!! I really love the spaced triangles, the awesome colors with the background, and the quilting – OH MY!!! Nice work and I hope you make this into a pattern we can buy! Best of luck at Quiltcon! This is a winner for sure!!!!

    • Amy December 7, 2015 at 10:33 am - Reply

      Thanks Cathy!! I have all my notes handy, but haven’t done anything to make it a pattern yet.. . yet :) It might work well with my next fabric line thou – shhhhh

      • Irene Yoder January 17, 2016 at 1:31 pm - Reply

        This is gorgeous. I REALLY hope you make this into a pattern. I would buy it!

  12. suzyMcQ December 3, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    Love it, too and have fingers crossed that it makes the cut. It’s so different and wonderful!

  13. Cassandra December 6, 2015 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! It is so much fun to see the wide range of quilts coming out of this challenge. I love the pops of color against the neutral background.

    • Amy December 7, 2015 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Thanks Cassandra! There does seem to be a big variety of quilts – it will be great to see them together at Quiltcon!

  14. Quilting Jeannie December 10, 2015 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    Love this quilt! HST are so fun and these are so colorful! Good luck.

  15. Lizzie December 11, 2015 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    This reminds me of the Tibetan prayer flags….. really wonderful quilt!

  16. Karen January 13, 2016 at 7:28 am - Reply

    Love the quilting – I’ll have to try it although I’m not sure how you managed to miss the triangles bouncing off I’d probably just hit them all. Congrats on the acceptance to QuiltCon with over 1800 I believe it’s quite an honor.

  17. Irene Yoder January 17, 2016 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    This is so gorgeous. Caught my attention right away. I REALLY hope you will make a pattern available.

    • Amy January 18, 2016 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Thanks Irene! I have all my notes, but no pattern yet. Thanks for the encouragement thou :)

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