I picked up this October 2013 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine (Issue 124) after reading Angela Walters' blog post about it, HERE. I was lured by not only having another reference source for Angela's phenomenal quilting but also by the promise of a fun interview, and behind-the-scenes photos, with Tula Pink (a great quilt designer - whose book I purchased - and frequent collaborator with Ms. Walters).
In her blog post, Angela shares the Peaks and Valleys quilt she quilted for Tula which appears in the magazine. (This photo is courtesy of Angela Walters and is used with permission). Of course, her quilting designs are always fantastic and when paired with a funky and modern jagged chevron patterned quilt like Tula's, the results are just incredible! (Good news! The pattern is supplied in the magazine!). The other fun thing about this quilt is that Angela used both the diamond and starburst designs that she teaches in her Dot to Dot Quilting Craftsy class!
One thing that really struck me was how the quilting on the Peaks and Valleys quilt really changes everything. On the lovely blue/green/purple version shown, Angela's choice of quilting design truly highlights the cream, jagged lines. She says they reminded her of crystals and I think she's right on the money with that comparison. (You know what I see? For some reason I kept imagining the abominable snowman from Rudolph!) The diamond patterns emphasize all the points and make those spikes just leap off the quilt! There is another colour option shown in the magazine using Batiks and the result is an entirely different quilt. The quilting is hidden in the dark background and the effect is much more subtle. It just goes to show how the quilting changes everything...and that, funny enough, just happens to be the message printed on the spine of the magazine!