In an effort to keep myself motivated both on the quilting front and the blogging front, I present my first ever WIP Wednesday. Hopefully, this will become a “thing” with me and I’ll continue to post progress on projects I’m working on each week. At least, that’s the plan.
This week’s work in progress is a quilt I’m making for my friend Heather. Late last year, or early this year, I posted a photo with some fabrics I had in my stash, asking if anyone would be interested in having a quilt made for cost using one of the fabrics. She immediately responded with her fabric choice, and I pulled it out and posted it on my bulletin board. She asked for a throw quilt, design and additional fabrics to be determined by me. Now, I know this might sound weird, but I wait for fabric to speak to me before I start a design. Sometimes, a fabric yells at me in the LQS and I know I must buy it. Sometimes, it simply says, “Hello” and it’s so cute, I can’t resist. This is how I’ve built my stash over the years – fabrics speak to me and I know I have to have it. On occasion, a fabric tells me immediately what it wants to be in a quilt, usually when I go to the store with a quilt or two in mind that I would like to make. But more often, fabrics say their hellos to me and compel me to buy them, promising to tell me what they want to be at a later date. Such is the case with the focal fabric I’m working with now for Heather.
In fact, this fabric was pretty silent from the time I bought it in 2007, until two days ago. I mean, I love the way it looks, and it’s soooooooo pretty, but I really had no idea what I wanted to do with it. And I know it was purchased in 2007 because it says so, right on the selvage – Hoffman Challenge, 2007! I posted it on my design board and stared at it for months before it hit me on Sunday what I want – no, what I NEED – to do with it. And this is the prototype result of that idea.
I am not kidding you that when I finally came upon the idea for this quilt, the fabric was screaming to me from upstairs. As I climbed the stairs, it became more adamant that THIS is what it wants to be, and when I dragged out my fat quarters and scrap boxes, the fabric began to sing. SING, I tell you! It was quick work to match fabrics that work with the focal and eliminate the things that weren’t so great. By the time I had everything out and on the table, I knew this was the right direction.
And I think my prototype, which is now the first square of the quilt, proves I was right.
Fortunately for me, Heather has been very patient, and now I hope that her patience will be rewarded with a quilt that’s uniquely hers. I have since made a second square (there will be 16 – 10″ squares in all, with 6″ sashing and a 6″ setting square (nine patch) to complete the quilt), and I’m even more pleased with it than I am with this one – it is all darker fabrics; subsequent squares will be a mix of light, dark and medium values.
Already, I can tell this is going to be one of my absolute favorite quilts ever. I put each finished square on my design wall, and I stand back and look at it. And with just two squares up there right now, I know. I know that this is going to be one of my greatest quilts ever. And that makes me really happy, because Heather has been a great friend to me for years now.
Until next time,