Thursday, September 17, 2009
Good Ol' Summertime Swap
Finished, with not much time to spare (more than I thought I had, actually, I thought it was due today and it's not due to be mailed until Monday).
I signed up for this swap ages ago, like June, and then forgot about it completely with summer vacations and "life in general".
The theme was summertime, which to me means bright florals and lots of color. This quilt is, loosely based on the idea of looking through a window at a field full of wildflowers.
This little quilt is very simple ... stripped triangles sewn together, sashed with a batik blue, bordered a few times, and finished with a wavy border. The backside is a blue bubble fabric I received during the destashing of someone else's fabric collection ... and I love it. The quilt is really bright and busy so I added the multiple borders to try to settle it down a little, I'm not sure how successful that was. It measures about 18" by 18".
To make the stripped triangles I sewed a large rectangle of scrap strips using this method, then cut the triangles out of that. It was really easy and gave the result I was hoping for.
My original plan for this quilt was to use shades of green, brown, and blues to create a palm tree using a counted cross-stitch pattern. However, after looking at cross stitch patterns and realizing how many 1" squares of fabric I'd need to complete the mini-quilt (a minimum of 1600) I put that idea on hold. I'll try it again when I have more time.
I hope the recipient enjoys it (it's really really bright, I hope that works for them).