As Victoria's recent quilt retreat approached I gave a lot of thought to
devising a fabric recipe for my quilt project. I was planning to use lots of
green leafy prints. What I started at the retreat was too controlled to be
fun, so after making only two blocks, I abandoned that plan and switched to
a random arrangement of my favorite fabrics surrounded by a saw tooth border
of dark triangles on a light scrappy background. I was inspired by a quilt
that I saw on Bonnie's blog, The Scrappy Bee. Now this was fun! I love
fabrics with words, polka dots, big leafy florals, and fabrics with
surprises like the large bird. I also love Victoria's fabrics, whatever they
may be! Haha. I have 13 blocks made so far. I'll post my finished quilt on
the Selvage Blog soon.
A big part of the fun and inspiration was Victoria's 7 boxes of scraps that
we could help ourselves to. Paradise! We also brought scraps to add to the
pile. At the retreat I saw that Bonnie was using many of the scraps that I
brought. Thinking that we were some kind of kindred spirits, I said
something like "Oh Bonnie, we have the same taste in fabrics!" She replied
"Oh I didn't bother to select fabrics, I just grabbed a handful. That must
have been the spot where you emptied your bag of scraps." Haha. Oh well, her
quilt blocks looked very good to me!
So I progressed from the controlled green leafy project to the beautiful
random collection, and finished up using the Chinese cartoon fabrics in a
Gee's Bend style quilt top (last photo). Now I'm "stoked" as the kids say!
Thank you Karen for contributing! Your work constantly inspires me...
It was great fun to see how focused you get when your working.
Tomorrow's Guest Blogger is LeeAnn, from Nifty quilts.
And hopefully , I am on my way to Machu Picchu today!