Ramps Quilt Top

This is my second entry in 2018 Pantone Ultra Violet Quilt Challenge hosted by Rebecca Bryan, Bryan House Quilts, and Sarah Elizabeth Sharp, No Hats in the House. Ramps quilt top is 56″x 79″ made by me, Elizabeth Ray, in the USA. I also entered Pickle Burst in the quilts category. Click here for my Ramps Instagram post.

I made and designed this quilt specifically for this challenge. I have been playing around in my head with the idea of a series inspired by my own Brides quilt.

I designed Ramps in EQ8. I originally was planning on curves like Bridges but the half rectangle angles spoke to me the most. I needed to quickly play with the shapes, size, and colors and EQ8 allowed me to do that. I am still learning and this is my first design in EQ8 I have sewn.


I ended up with this design in EQ8. I used different saturation and hues of purple to get the effect I liked and make sections. I had ordered a bunch of purple solids but it was after I designed it with colors available in EQ8 that I matched my stash fabrics as best I could as I went.

I made the blocks around 14″ x 28″ as 14″ is wof divided by 3. I like to maximize fabric usage. and wanted this quilt to be large scale. My Bridges quilt was a mini at 16″x18″ with 4″x5.5″ blocks.

I used a loose approach to the half rectangles and then squared up at whatever size they became. I also wasn’t concerned at all with the vertical stripes in each block matching other blocks, in fact I preferred they didn’t line up. I did take extra care to line up the  diagonal points and all the block center intersections. This first intersection makes me so happy!