Over a year ago, I started sewing some of my very favorite strings together. All blue, deep teal with scattered with tiny confetti-like punches of red, yellow and orange thanks to my favorite print from the original Flea Market Fancy. And then….I hit a wall. Literally. Those strings stayed on my design wall for a really long time.
And then as quilters do, I started many more projects, went on with life, rearranged my sewing room, started a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild in Santa Cruz and moved up the street to a new house.
After looking through my many UFO baskets, I saw these lovely strings all sewn and waiting to be transformed into something big, I remembered one of my favorite quilts by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson.
From the book Block Party:
I loved the interaction of off the warm colors, the improv coins and all that lovely negative space. Right! I knew what I wanted to do.
I took my pieces and went to work. The waiting was worth it.
I used Kona white as the background which is not my usual go-to, but I wanted that crisp brightness against the blue.
Flea Market Fancy – how do I love thee…
Quilting was done on a longarm in a double circle that I let the quilter choose for me, and I’m really happy with it. The solid orange binding finishes the whole thing off in just the right amount of contrast for me.
Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts and her finish it Up Friday. Happy Weekend to you!
Re-emerging very very soon. Happy Sunday ;)
Not one to keep secrets very long, there it is. My news! I’ve started a local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. I’m so excited! I have been inspired by Alissa who along with Latifah started the Modern Quilt Guild in Los Angeles in 2009. Alissa’s blog was one of the first I discovered ever since I started quilt blog stalking back in 2008. Local guilds started popping up everywhere and I longed for one locally. I did visit the closest one to me, but after a long day of work, I really just wanted to cocoon at home with my kids and my fabric.
We held our first meeting earlier this month and 12 people came and showed great enthusiasm. It was exciting to talk about what we might do in the way of quilting together, sharing ideas, shop hops and group challenges. Here are a few pictures from that night.
This incredible quilt is made by Carolyn, on the right, made from Amy Butler’s pattern and fabrics. Completely paper-pieced, my hat is off to her for sure.
This is Adrianne’s fresh and bold plus quilt. This would look good in my girls’ room. You know, just in case you’ve run out of storage space. ;-)
Here is Dana’s Single Girl Quilt. Oh be still my heart! Putting Joel Dewberry Trees in the middle is a stroke of brilliance. What you can’t see is the incredible hand quilting she’s doing. I continue to love the combination of mustard and greys. This is really more incredible in person. Dana wants you to know that the kona background color is Meringue. Karen made this quilt as a gift for a couple who are getting married. I wish you could see her piecing and the obvious care she took in making this beauty. What an heirloom!
We will be meeting at the very fun and vibrant SueDee’s shop in Scotts Valley. If you are in our area and are interested in the Modern Quilt Guild even a tiny bit, please join us for a meeting. There is much silliness and inspiration to be had here. You can visit our facebook page here.