Until recently, I never considered submitting one of my quilts into a quilt show. Overwhelmingly, I make quilts for my family and to give away and I love doing that. But, when the Modern Quilt Guild announced that it would be showcasing works that present that aesthetic at Quilt Market this fall, I got excited and wanted to enter. After thinking about what I loved most about modern quilting, I made this:
The print is one of my favorite Nani Iro florals. I wanted to capture the floaty feeling that the shapes give in the fabric to the overall quilt. I paired the print with a happy orange shot cotton and an ivory background. I had the strips on my design wall for a really long time. I changed their order, and fussed with the space between the fabrics. But when it came time to put together, it went quickly. Never have I felt so confident in my design. It was a wonderful feeling; I felt like I was finally finding how and what I really want to be making. I hoped more than anything that it would be accepted into the showcase.
When I heard that it wasn’t selected, that only 33 quilts were chosen and not to give up, I sighed. I felt a twinge of jealousy. My husband hugged me. And then, I started thinking about my favorite thing. The Next Quilt. And then I was fine. I really did want to have it in the showcase, but it is really ok that it’s not. I made the kind of quilt that makes me happy, and says what I want to say as a quilter. That’s not a small thing, and for that I am happy.
Here she is! I’m happy that I did finish this quilt and had so much fun doing it! The circles are raw-edge applique from double gauze, and the smaller circles are the tiniest of yo-yo’s, scattered about and slip stitched on by hand. Here it is a bit more close up.
The goldenrod yellow is completely straight-lined quilted. This took some extra patience, but so worth it to me in the end. I really like all those lines.
So, now that I have this little number under my belt, I have got to get back to my older WIP’s!! More posts on that later.
Also, have you heard about the Single Girl Quilt Along???? I’m joining in….are you??
It is the only quilt I am letting myself begin before all my previous quilts are finished. Why make this quilt now? I have always always wanted to make this quilt, but felt intimidated by 31 tiny templates(ACK! Really? 31?) as well as curved piecing. But armed with my other quilting peeps and a bunch of other girls at the shop, I know I can do it! I think I can….I think I can….
So, here we are again, visiting yet another unfinished project. I have great hopes of finishing this one rather soon though, as it is quite simple. I made the quilt top in one night, and basted it the next. I am using a beautiful double gauze by Nani Iro for the raw-edge circle appliques. I am loving a few things in this project that are new to me – hand quilting with perle cotton floss, and the color combination. Both are making me very happy.
Many of these circles are being put into the border of this very simple quilt top.
I love this near-solid in bright goldenrod. The fabric is by Cosmo Cricket and it’s a simple cross hatch print. Here’s a close-up…
I don’t quite know what hit me one night in my sewing room. I had the double gauze sitting on my ironing board, and I pulled out the yellow fabric, and sitting next to each other, they just needed to be put together. Never has an idea for a quilt come to me so quickly. Before even making the quilt top, I had cut out the double gauze circles and was going through all my perle cotton. I was slightly possessed. At the rate I’m going, I hope to have a completed quilt in the next week to show you!