I’ve been feeling the tug of fabric again. I used to make quilts. I still do, but not nearly as much as I used to. I have a fair amount of fabric and I thought I should get some of it out of my craft closet (where I never see it) and put it on my shelf in the studio, where it will hopefully inspire me. I sorted through all the fat quarters, pulled the ones I wanted and then set up the iron and ironing board in front of the television. (It was humid and warm yesterday, so it might not have been the perfect time for this little chore.)
I usually sort my fabric by color. My goodness, I love color.
I notice that I have several designs in blue with cherries as part of the pattern. Who can resist cherries? Some of these pieces are several years old, others are of more recent vintage.
Now, that just might inspire me. I have more fabric stored in the closet. And my bark cloth and larger pieces are in the cabinet.
While searching for fabric in the craft closet, I came across this quilt top that I pieced together 3 summers ago in San Diego. It was pieced using a Featherweight that my friend, Ingrid, graciously loaned to me. I. Want. A. Featherweight. I’ve wanted one for what feels like forever. Brenda now has two Featherweights. That just doesn’t seem fair, does it?
Anyway, back to the quilt top. I threw it on our bed to show it to you. But keep in mind, the bedroom is the worst place in the house to take photos. It’s virtually impossible to get a good shot.
It’s a snowball pattern from a Kaffe Fassett book. And most of the fabrics are Kaffe Fassett designs. I loved the lush, old fashioned feel to that particular fabric line.
Excuse the wrinkles. It’s been folded up for a long time.
I’m thinking this needs to be on our bed. Which would mean that I have to make a quilt sandwich and then…quilt it. The last time I hand quilted a queen sized quilt top, I almost slit my wrists. Don’t get me wrong, I like hand quilting, but that much quilting takes a long time. I don’t machine quilt. But perhaps I could machine quilt a simple grid pattern? Or should I just tie it? I’m not a big fan of tied quilts. Hmmm. What to do?
What do you think? And don’t you think it would be perfect on the bed? That’s what I originally planned for this top. And you know I don’t mind a lot of pattern. I always find a way of making it work. I think that comes from my British ancestors. Cozy little British cottages with slightly worn furniture and all sorts of color and pattern are just my style.