For a long time now, I’ve wanted to make a quilt. My dream quilt would be a Hawaiian applique style…but I feel like I have to work up to that. So, inspired by The Quilts of Gee’s Bend, Nancy Crow’s Quilts and Influences, and Anna Maria Horner’s quilting style, I decided to make one of my own. I made a drawing a bunch of years ago that morphed and changed into something that would be scrappy and off-kilter, but still geometric. I wanted it to be relatively fast to put together, but with a hand-quilting element, since I like a bit of hand-sewing. It’s been my project in the background for a number of years now. Ironically enough, I was afraid to do Hawaiian applique because I thought it would take me until I was 80 to finish it, but at the rate this one is going, I might be 80 anyway before I get this done.
Here are some shots of the quilt’s progress. I won’t go into all the details of it, but feel free to ask questions if there is something you are interested in that I didn’t touch on.
Originally I conceived of this quilt made from upcycled felted wool sweaters.
I made a collage of my idea using paper and canvas scraps. There is a black frame which was a great graphic element that became the black border around my quilt.
I used a grease pencil on a clear overlay to get an idea of what I wanted the quilting to look like.
The quilt is assembled and basted together and I’ve begun quilting it.
Every Christmas, I tell myself that if I would focus on this, we could have a new quilt for our bed as a Christmas present. Maybe next Christmas, right? 😉