This was a fun quilt to make (forgetting the 430 pin basting adventure.) 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 jelly 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 jelly 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!
Pearl Bracelet by Lizzy House in 26 colors. When this was announced I knew it was on my must have list. I have been stashing a lot of basics lately. I find I am using them more and more in projects and of course there is something I love about having a huge array of colors in a pattern like this…
Very inspiring and also makes me think about using colors I normally don’t go for like navy blue, pink and purple (though not necessarily together!)
And that’s it for today! I have been sewing a lot and doing some other fun stuff like mixed media and painting so blogging has been slow. I have 2 quilts in progress though and will share those soon!
Yes, yet another half square triangle quilt. There is something so appealing and versatile about HSTs. This was a custom order quilt and I am thrilled at the final result. Lots of color and 20 different fabrics.
The chevron backing seemed to be a perfect fit for this project as well. The binding is sort of a dashed stripe in turquoise by Denyse Schmidt.
It’s on it’s way to it’s new home.
I feel like so many others right now, my heart is breaking for the children and teachers that were taken away in Connecticut. My two boys have been blessed with wonderful teachers over the years, especially in our tiny elementary school. So today, and this holiday season, I will focus on the gratitude I feel for them. The ones who I trust to care for my children.
Focusing on 2013, I hope to spend even more time sewing. I am also looking forward to exploring mixed media, something I have wanted to do for long time.