Before he dies, everyman should plant a tree and write a book.
~ I'm not sure who said that but I'd like to add "make a quilt" to that list.
Here are my criteria for choosing my quilt pattern:
- I want to be able to use lots of scraps of favourite old and new prints.
- I want it to evolve over a couple of years. I don't want to plan the whole design, buy the fabric and know what it will look like when it is finished. I want it to be flexible enough to change a little if my ideas change.
- I want it to include fabrics from different eras of my life.
- It should cover my queen/king size bed.
- It will be colourful, I know I can't stop myself on this one.
- I don't want to be stuck on a sewing machine for the whole thing. I want to be able to cut bits out and have them available for when I have time and want to do a bit of relaxing hand stitching.
- I want to include a few secret messages in it.
- I should last beyond my lifetime. I'd like to be able to hand it down to one of my kids. I might need to make two eventually. It will have to be made of sturdy fabrics. I'll have to be careful with my vintage picks.
- I'm looking at repeating patterns/quilt blocks. There may be some applique but I don't want it to be mainly about applique.
- I like hand-quilting but don't yet know how I will manage it on a large quilt when I have no frame.
- I may put it away for months at a time so I need a design I can pick up and carry on working, without getting confused.
- I want to enjoy making it as much as using it!
- I don't want to end up in ten years, with a great big UFO (unfinished object) that sucked my time and resources.
I'm sorry I don't know who the maker is. If anyone else does, please let me know.
The quilt on the Susan McCord Calendar from my last post is also a kind of variation on this block theme, but a "crazy" one.
This next one is Kaffe Fassett's version of a Rob Peter to Pay Paul with a central applique.
I'm not so crazy on the central applique in that one, but I like the applique in this next quilt also from Be*mused's Tokyo Quilt festival album.
The applique is a kind of Grandma's Fan full circle. That seems to be a theme in the quilts I favour. Must be that polka dot thing. This quilt uses a lot of printed text fabrics. I like the way it offers the possibility of sneaking in some secret messages to the block quilt format. But do I want to go that far down the applique trail? I'm not so sure.
Likes: Pretty soon I'll be finished writing my book and then I'm going to go to the British Museum and the V&A to do some drawing. I can't wait!
Dislikes: Rain in January.