Trumpety trumpety fanfare ………the main patchwork for the two quilts is finished…I’ve still to sew around a skinny border (I was a bit in two minds about this but think it will give a softer edge to any quilting before the binding is sewn on, and it will also guarantee I don’t lose any star tips in the binding.)
This is the patchwork for “quilt one”…..I love how the stars blend into each other…I’m really pleased with my colour and fabric choices, and while I know I spent a fussily long time choosing fabrics, feel my time was wisely spent when I look at how the patchwork has come together.
The blocks are pretty big for me, 10 inch square, the size meant lots of pattern detail in the character prints hasn’t been lost.
Looking at both finished patchworks, I can’t help but remember those long school holiday Summers…endless days of sitting out in the garden on an old blanket with my sisters, heads all buried in a book, the scent of Ambre Solaire (the brown sticky oil kind that was at most factor 3) and syrupy lollies that melted all too quickly, days spent at Southwold when we’d grumble about getting sand in our sandwiches and sometimes get spoilt and be bought a proper treat….a “99” from the little tea kiosk.
And this is the patchwork for “quilt number two”….again, I still need to sew the skinny border, but right now I’m just happy to have this taped up on my wall and feel Summer has arrived (it’s all grey and murky outside so looking at this is much nicer than looking out the window)….
The blocks for this quilt (ughhh I’m already calling these quilts rather than the patchworks that they are…it makes me get cross with myself..in my mind they don’t become quilts ’til they are at least basted)…are all six inches wide. I felt too much detail with some of the larger printed fabrics would be lost cutting them up, so used them as bold blocks of colour alternating around the stars.
I know my colour choices aren’t for the faint at heart, but in real life rather than pictures, these colours are much more subtle, also, once they have been quilted over, then seams and changes in colour will begin to blur and blend, soften and become a whole rather than lots of small sections.
Regarding quilting….initially I was planning to quilt these the same as the quilt for Miss Olive, however to create the effect I want, that lovely, old, hand me down and homey feeling, then as far as I’m concerned there is really only one choice….my absolute favourite of quilting patterns...the baptist fan.