At the moment I’m in the middle of designing two very special quilts…..Miss Olive (who has her own quilt) is having sisters so I’m working on a pair of quilts for the new arrivals.
The quilt I made Olive the other year was made up of lots of small squares and I thought to try out something different for her sisters.
I really like the idea of a star quilt and I keep trying out different compositions using a “variable star” block. I plan to use reproduction style fabrics and have trawled through lots of fabrics and now have a good idea of the main fabrics I’m going to use…..
I like placing the blocks on the diagonal as this gives lots of extra movement across the patchwork pattern, I’m still somewhat undecided about sashing though and whether to piece round a border.
Olives quilt was just bound with binding so I’m wondering to do the same again…though I really do like quilts with borders…they always look that little bit extra special.
Generally when I’m plotting and planning a patchwork top I make a lot of sketches, heaps and heaps of tiny thumbnail scribbles and then going through and working the patchwork slightly larger so I’m able to see how it fits together.
Using paint tends to be brighter and more vibrant but colouring pencil means I’m not getting myself covered in paint (generally being too impatient to allow one colour to dry before trying to work on top or near by)
Because these are quilts for twins I want some similarity between the designs (the fabrics for both quilts will be pretty much the same, although I thought it would be nice to have some fabrics unique to just each quilt)…however it’s proving to be quite a challenge.
I’m happiest when working small but at the same time sewing fiddly pieces is somewhat hour intensive, so I’m trying to balance designing quilts that are carefully hand pieced but which won’t take me for ever to sew.
The blocks I made for “dear ethel” are all 6 inches square and that’s a size I’m happy working with so I’m thinking of blocks that size for these but maybe with a 3/4 inch sashing between. I’m trying to avoid blocks that are made of lots and lots of tiny pieces (though those are the ones that truly own my heart).
Colouring small geometric shapes takes me back to weekend afternoons when me and my youngest sisters would sprawl out on the carpet, pencil cases full of felt tips and colouring pencils spilling out everywhere while we meticulously coloured in fancy isometric books my mum would buy us. I’ve not seen any for sale for years which is a bit sad as I used to love spending whole afternoons trying out patterns….my sister Rachel always was much neater in her colouring (I always seemed to go over the lines and make a bit of a mess)…however the process and planning is very similar to designing your own patchwork top.