Archive for the 'quilt' Category
This is my first quilt ever, based on a pattern by Jan Mullen. My mom taught me some of the basics of quilting in the two weeks I spent with her after my grandmother’s death. It was very healing for both of us. I was able to finish this and give it to mom before I went home.
At our favorite quilt store, if you go in on your birthday, you get a discount equal to 1/2 your age. Mom got a 31% discount today–you do the math.
Mom bought me this lovely fabric by Valori Wells (whose name I always have to delete an ‘e’ from.) It’s pre-cut as a kit to make this quilt, but we couldn’t afford the pattern too, so I’ll have to wing it.
I found another, free pattern downloadable from Free Spirit Fabric (the same fabric manufacturer) that may do the trick.
As I said in the last post, I was really drawn to the colors used for the yoyos. Here is a small hawaiian wall hanging I made several years ago as proof:
A close look will reveal I never finished the breadfruit leaves, but I bound it anyway. Maybe one day I’ll finish it.
Lady Harvatine: Done and done.
The design takes full advantage of the two things I love most about
DSQ: #1, irregularity and the appearance of randomness in shapes and
placement and #2, the use of a neutral color as a background as opposed
to an all over design. And now that I’m on the subject I’ve thought of
another: #3, choosing a very high percentage of solid fabrics over
patterned ones. I really love the clean, modern look that you can
achieve this way. It makes the design really prominent and also makes
the few patterns that you do use really stand out. For this quilt I
used all solids except for one plaid for some of the stripes and a
flowered vintage-looking print for the backing.The design isn’t
totally random. I tried to work out how many stripes of each color I
would need and in which widths and lengths to keep it somewhat
balanced. I used the same number of each on either side and simply laid
them out randomly on the floor along with white strips of different
widths. I rearranged one or two stripes but was quite happy with my
initial “random” layouts.
Here is my mom with a quilt top she made from a class with Maura Grogan at the Quilter’s Market. It’s part of a set of four, three of which we have given as gifts. (‘We’ meaning, I did a little bit of the quilting and all of the binding.)
This is just the prettiest, most feminine quilt I’ve seen in a long time. So different than the colors or patterns I would use, but absolutely wonderful! It’s very tempting to step outside the box and make something like this.
I’ve become a daily reader of the wonderful women over at Material Obsession… Fabulous job Sarah!