Thursday, 20 June 2013
Yes, proof that I do still entertain my long abiding love of quilting every now and again. The cot quilt above I actually finished an embarrassing 4 months or so ago and it got swept up in market madness, never to be shown here. When I cut panels, I often end up with strips of fabric left over and these I keep in a big bin with other plain offcuts to be printed at the end of print runs. Nothing goes to waste around here, I use the printed offcuts as parts of my sample packs (along with the good bits trimmed off of misprinted panels) but these strips are usually too thin to include in the packs. I had quite a big collection of them and to make the cot quilt, I chose the blues, greys, linen and yellows and just started piecing them together freeform, which ever piece fit with whichever piece in length.
And over the past few months my collection of strips has grown again. I still had one good long row pieced, leftover from the cot quilt so I decided to make another quilt top, a larger, throw size and to use any and all of the strips to create it, regardless of colour. It was a great exercise to see how my palette works together and I totally love the freedom to just piece by shape. I finished the quilt top the other week and now just need to find the time to baste and quilt it. Times like these I really wish I had a little assistant to do my dirty work ; )