From inspiration in color and in pattern to its emergence on my first design wall and a rather climatic finish with dogwood quilting, I have loved almost every moment of my Vintage Tangerine journey. (The "almost" because, let's be honest, learning free motion quilting takes some sweat and tears too.) But overall, it's been dreamy.
I want to make more quilts like this. Not this style or color or whatever, but the feel of this. The feel of combining exciting ideas, watching the pieces come together without too much fuss, no rush, yet challenge and a sense of meaningful growth.
Well, how about I hush and show you the quilt?
Yay! It's totally the mood I was hoping to capture!
She's been washed and dried, which definitely effected the texture. Here's a photo before being washed:
And here's one after:
To be honest, I do prefer the flatter, smoother quilt prior to washing aesthetically, but (and this is a big But) I do finally get why folks are enamored of quilt crinkle. With dense free motion quilting (FMQ) the crinkle at last whispers "cozy" and "warm" to my senses.
And I am so very proud of my quilting. Huzzah!
For the back I pieced together some leftovers, including two large pieces of Chicopee corduroy and a large scale Madrona Road Wild Carrot print, that really suits as backing.
She's bound mostly in Alexander Henry Heath, such a prized "helpful fabric" in my stash. The gray is now hard to find, so I'm glad to see that Architextures includes a similarly useful fabric, available in gray/white.
I heard from a reader that Sew Modern was out of the Vintage Tangerine bundle I created, so we made 2 quite apt substitutions to put the 11-piece bundle back on the shelves. Enjoy!
Thanks for your support and encouragement during this journey. You all are the nicest! And, psst... new quilt-in-progess pics later this week!