Archive for May, 2012
Progress has been made and all pieces of the Patchwork Prism Quilt have been laid out on my design wall. Mapping out the triangles and adjusting the color gradation was a fun exercise. I have to say, this part took a lot longer than I thought it would. Thoroughly enjoyable though, playing with all that beautiful color and print made me very happy. I kept cutting into fabrics that I have long stared at and dared not cut into, and I am so glad I have. I am really understanding that the best way to enjoy my fabric, is to play and experiment and to sew them up into something. All of these prints look so beautiful together, all + 35 of them! I started collecting Anna Maria Horner’s fabric around the time that her Good Folks collection came out. I am drawn to her color palette with every print she designs.
I love the middle of this quilt and how it starts with the darkest prints I could find, and then it changes into ruby reds and plum, changing again to sparkling pinks and sorbet colors,melting into sunny orangey yellows which sit next to slightly more greenish yellows, and finally changing once more into soft greens and blues with go to dark at the edges, disappearing into an inky midnight blue.
A close-up of the center prism.
Gradually going from red to yellow to green to blue.
My design consultant was nearby for input and layout assistance.
Remember…the quilt along is happening right over here.
…I know. Shocking.
Just when I think I’m going to be a really good girl and finish up all my WIP’s, and I’m going to go on a strict fabric diet, and all things virtuous, I see something and say, “Oh look! Something pretty!” And then it’s all over.
So, Bernadette the Bernina has left the building, metaphorically speaking. In English that means that she’s very ill, and she’s in the shop. I dropped the feed dogs to work on this…
A quilt to be auctioned off at my oldest daughter’s school. I was the Art Parent this year and the kids pretty much designed this quilt. They chose their fabrics, traced their hands, they cut and arranged. It was very fun coming in every few days with progress to show them. At the end my machine just kind of died… bobbin case a big mess…my feed dogs just are on their last nerve and have had. it.
Mad props go to Raven over at Oversewn for giving me the brilliant idea and inspiration for this quilt. At the actual auction, I was pouring wine for the festivities and heard there was a bidding war going on between some parents, but it’s just hearsay and I won’t believe it until I read about it on TMZ or something.
Making this story longer than I had intended, in any case, with the machine in the shop, I thought that I might go looking for a new machine. I quickly remembered that Anna Maria Horner is partnered with Janome and I thought I’d check it out. So, I viewed this video and she pretty much had me at hello. I’m kind of jonesing for this machine now. And right then I also decided that I HAD to make that quilt. (I’m kind of a marketing dream test case) It’s called the patchwork prism quilt.
I know, right?
And even though I had other quilts to blog about, take pictures of, bind, baste and other things to do, I started cutting into all my AMH fabrics from Bohemian, to Good Folks, Garden Party, Innocent Crush, and Loulouthi. There’s even flannel, voile and velveteen in there. Anna says you can do that and so that means you can. Here’s a sneak peak at my design wall…
And THEN, if that weren’t enough to squeal about, I found out that Bianca over at Sweet Diesel is having a quilt along for this quilt! There are some amazing prizes to be won if it wasn’t great enough just to get a quilt for yourself or someone you love at the end of it.
And so, that’s how my broken machine helped me start a new quilt. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.