It took me all of 2013 to make my first quilt, and another couple of months to tell you about it. Thanks to my friend Elizabeth, I managed to turn these strips of fabric:
into an amazing quilt! The idea was to use scraps of fabric I had lying around or pieces in which the contrast wasn’t good enough. Our pattern, and our theme, was Anything Goes.
Next we needed to cut them in half and mix it all up. It was almost color overload:
Laying it out against the background was exciting- this was where I finally started to realize I was really actually making a big quilt. I needed to pick a thin border, and this was tough. My batik pieces have a lot going on in them, so after much deliberation, and two fabric store visits, I decided to go with one non-handmade piece of fabric (the bright chartreuse). Thanks to the folks at JP Knit & Stitch, I really like the way the solid bright chartreuse color, which doesn’t exactly match any of the quilt colors, frames it.
Here’s the back of the quilt, a piece I did in just one color:
I’m still sometimes amazed that I made a quilt.