Wednesday, August 31, 2016
It all started with the Bluebird collection in February. Those gorgeous true blues launched my blue phase, as a friend called it. Today's finish is my third monochromatic blue quilt this year. First there was Still Point, a dynamic, pointy work; then Ombre Grid, an improv quilt brought on by a batch of American Made Brand solids; and now I do believe I'm concluding my "blue phase" with this embodiment of classic patchwork.
Just 2.5" squares alternating with large, solid expanses. Simple. Traditional. Safe.
To spice it up, I quilted the large solid blocks with varying straight line patterns. Quilt-as-you-go made it easy to bring together all these textures.
Near the end I complained to a friend that the whole thing felt too predictable. She suggested I throw in something different, so I made one square of black/white patchwork squares in place of the blue patchwork squares. You can see a bit of that black patchwork in the corner of this picture,
and where it falls on the bed in this shot. It's subtle, but there. Feels perfect!
Happily I did succeed in both backing and binding this twin-sized quilt with the provincial blue wide print from Connecting Threads that prompted the whole work. Phew!
I've listed this one now in my Etsy shop. Next up hearts, hearts and more hearts! And, maybe I'll finally start sewing for the nursery? Maybe? (Yeah, you should probably believe it when you see it...)