I love the process of making a quilt as much as I love the final product – probably more!! I usually have several projects using different types of construction going at once so that at any given time I can choose to work with the process I’m most feeling like doing. Right now I’m in the unusual situation of having 2 large projects in the hand quilting stage at once. The only other projects I’m working on are my granddaughter’s quilt (all machine piecing and stitching) and small doll quilts.
I am experiencing a significant urge to start a new major applique project so I can do some serious applique!! The last time I was working on the applique part of a major project (Feathering My Nest) was 2 1/2 years ago. I also very much enjoy the paper piecing process and the accuracy it provides. I used that technique for the fan sections of Spirit of Japan last summer. Now I want to work on another project using that technique. So… I have spent some time over the past week thinking a lot about what projects I might want to do featuring these techniques.
I have had 3 yards of the following beautiful Moda fabric for several years and want to use it as a border:
I have several yards of this fabric that I could use for the background of the center of the quilt:
I could go for a center fabric that is a bit darker and with a less prominent design:
I’m going to make applique blocks for the center and have been thinking about perhaps doing something with oak leaves, e.g like this block from a Jeanna Kimball book, but would love to design my own block if I can:
Or I may do a different applique design – am looking at lots for inspiration. How I would arrange the blocks and how many to make would evolve over time. I like to not plan my quilts too thoroughly and leave room for serendipity. Working in the block format fits my lifestyle right now of doing a block at a time and being able to take it places to work on it. You can be sure I will keep you posted as this project morphs from idea to reality! Let me know if you have an opinion about the fabric for the center!
For a paper piecing project, I have these lovely authentic Japanese fabrics, though they are very different from the authentic indigo fabrics used in Spirit of Japan:
Love the idea of the red for a background. Am thinking about what design to create. Also could use dupioni silk fabrics instead for paper piecing as I have a box full of those in really nice colors….
Meanwhile, I am steadily making progress on Spring Sonata:
Finally, here is another quilt from the New England Quilt Museum exhibit. (click on the pictures for nice closeups!!) Exquisite piecing and use of color and fabric! There is a combination of cotton and silk fabric:
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