It's been a couple of cycles since I entered a quilt in Amy's Bloggers' Quilt Festival
and I'm delighted to be getting out of the quilt closet once again.
I can hardly wait to browse through all the lovelies in the various categories and really hope that you enjoy the little quilt I have to share with you, which I'm entering in Amy's new "throw quilt" category.
This is one of those projects that took a loooooooong time from start to finish, which makes it especially meaningful.
|47" x 54" |
hand pieced (English paper piecing)
free motion quilted on my domestic sewing machine
I began this project as part of the Summer 2011 "hexalong" organized by Lynne of Lily's Quilts. I began by experimenting with a variety of hexagon shapes and a small set of Anna Maria Horner's then-new Loulouthi line of fabrics, which I was combining with solids from my stash. One of the delights and challenges of Loulouthi is that it is far, far, far from a "matchy-matchy" kind of line. The line has its own internal scrappiness, with a very wide range of colours and print scale.
My collection of hexies started to grow....
....and grow and grow...
Oops...until it started to feel a little out of control.
I reined it in, establishing Kona lagoon and aqua as the only two solids to be used throughout, and also establishing a configuration of 60 degree stars and tumbling blocks as the basic "building block" of my layout.
Once I had this basic unit figured out, it became much easier to move forward and to do some heaxagon experimentation within the basic pattern (as you can see in some of the pieced hexagons that run along the edges of the finished quilt!).
EPP is slow, no doubt about it, but I'd say that most of the time it took to make this quilt top was spent thinking...trying to figure out how to balance the wildness of Loulouthi (and the scrappiness I was really enjoying) with my need for harmony in the layout.
Finally, more than a year later, I had a throw size top I felt happy with!
And now, with the help of my sweet daughter Chloe who was willing to hold the quilt for a few minutes before school today, I have photos of the finished quilt,
which is backed with AMH's "Summer Totem"
and free-motion quilted on my domestic machine in a very relaxed loopy pattern.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Enjoy the quilt festival!