Well it has been almost a year since my last post.
I started back to school in a graphic design program in March of
2012 2013 (apparently, it feels a lot longer.) It was a long, well-thought out decision and I have not had one regret.
This brings me to today. I have done (sadly) almost no sewing since March of last year. It’s interesting what a void that has left in me – I truly love it and miss it so much!
I have moved this blog from one server to another over the past week and as such there are pages that need some fixing.
This was a fun quilt to make (forgetting the 430 pin basting adventure from a previous post) It was not so fun to photograph. Trust me that it is really pretty in person! One of the things about photographing a quilt after it has been washed is the distracting shadows created by the crinkling of the fabric. The solution is even lighting, as in indoor studio lighting or getting an outdoor location with the right angle of the sun, time of day, and bright but overcast conditions. Then when that day comes there will be no one to hold the quilt for you.
Anyhow, this was made from one roll, April Cornell’s Nature’s Chorus by Moda and Kona Cream (which is a bit more off-white than Kona Snow.) The fabric has large cabbage roses, smaller florals, as well as some dots and stripes that give it a little modern kick. I’m not a pastel girl at all but I do love how these colors work together. It was quilted with diagonal lines and finished out at 60 x 76.
There are many ways to make a postage stamp quilt, but I ended up using Elizabeth Hartman’s (Oh, Fransson) technique, which is a really efficient approach. This is from her first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork. While her instructions were for a 36 patch block, the size I worked out favored a 64 patch block. I made the quilt larger than the book pattern, using almost all of the roll for the quilt top. I think I mentioned before that I am a big fan of Elizabeth’s patterns and teaching style, which is very clear and well presented.
Sitting waiting for quilting are two quilt tops, a rail fence and another half square triangle quilt. More to come!