- the love of a particular fabric (Mirabelle by Liberty in one case)
- using up scraps
- loving a fabric collection (Fandango by Kate Spain and Bliss by Bonnie and Camille)
I had a lovely long stretch of time off from my real job over the summer holidays, and I set myself the goal of completing one of these quilt tops by the end of January. But the story of this quilt actually begins a little earlier than that...
I can't quite recall where I came across the Bliss collection by Bonnie and Camille but from the moment I saw it I fell head over heels in love with it. Which is unusual for me. Because it is very girly. And I happen to not be a girly girl. I am not so fond of pink (a hanging offence if you ask A2- pinkness is next to godliness in her opinion). As a child I never much liked dolls. I very much like jeans and t shirts. My doona covers are usually plain white. Or white and green and blue. Or some variation on that theme.
And I really really really fell in love with one particular fabric in the collection. So I promptly purchased one fat quarter bundle and some yardage of my favourite print. And when it arrived I looked at it lots and lots. And thought about what on earth I would make with it. It was then that the idea of seasonal quilts started to form in my mind.
For inspiration I googled quilts made from the bliss collection. And I came across one quilt that just made me stop and gaze. It was absolutely perfect, however I thought it was quite beyond any of my capabilities. I have only made 9 quilts and none were as complex as Mary's quilt. I bookmarked it and pondered upon it for a couple of weeks, and then I decided to email Darlene to see if she could send me the pattern. An encouraging response made me think that it might be a possibility....
There was quite a bit of drama involved in this quilt. A Great Unpick- when I discovered the triangles I used for the outside were 1/4 inch too short... followed by a Great Re-Sew.
A mad search for the red tulip fabric for the border and binding once I had decided that was what I wanted to use instead of my favourite paisely fabric from the collection which didn't really work as a border or binding (but of course I can make something else with it now!)
The backing is a candy pink and green stripe I picked up at Spotlight late last year- I did have it in mind for the backing for my Spring Quilt when I bought it.
This quilt was too large for me to quilt myself- at this stage I am only quilting cot sized quilts. So Fran did the honours in a lovely tulip pattern. She also suggested using a pale pink thread which stands out against the white beautifully. I made the two cushions when I started cutting out the fabric for the quilt. There was more cutting involved for this quilt than any other I had made- so I needed some early wins to keep me motivated! The cushions provided ongoing inspiration while I was working on the Spring Quilt.
And I also happily sewed the binding for the Spring Quilt over the past week or so to the first season of The Tudors- after reading Wolf Hall anything English Reformation is catching my interest at the moment.
I am fairly sure that not one of my seasonal quilts will actually be ready for the intended season. Right now we have a bit of Spring in Autumn- I should just pretend I live in the Northern Hemisphere! And I am really happy working away cutting squares out from scraps for the Summer Quilt at the moment. The Winter Quilt only needs a little more work on it so perhaps I should just get on with that one. The Autumn Quilt isn't even started...
Oh and I did finish most of the quilt top by the end of January- I did have to wait a bit to do the borders until the post arrived with the red tulip fabric. And then of course I had to unpick it and put it back together again with the proper sized triangles. I am very happy with the Spring Quilt. When I look out my bedroom window in September and see my tulips starting to come up out of the ground it will be time for the Spring Quilt to appear. I have three other friends who have made or are making quilts from the Bliss collection (including Alice!) and I am so much looking forward to seeing their quilts when they are finished.