I’m a really great ‘ideas’ person. I have a lot of ideas, that I then ‘forget’ to implement. I have, for example, a birthday coming up next weekend. And it was only last week that I started on the quilt I have planned for her. It’s bright, fun, funky, and full of pop. Perfect for her. It uses the Timeless Treasures novelty print, ‘Retro Lovers,’ with plenty of Metro Living as well as Ta Dot! in a bright crimson on aqua.
Choosing the fabrics was really key to the look of this quilt. I knew I needed them to be bright so they had impact, but not have too much ‘depth,’ so that they retained that two-dimensional, classic pop-art feel. I ended up picking geometrics and animal prints printed with only two colours. (The yellow looks solid but is actually a tiny weeny pin dot.) I think they work very well – both ‘flat’ and ‘bold.’
I wanted to do something fairly intense and modern, but also a little preppy – with plenty of black and straight lines to reflect the comic panels that go with something so, well, Warhol-esque. In the end I decided to go with an argyle design. I didn’t use a pattern; my mum made a similar pattern years ago for my Grandma using florals and white bias, and I simply emulated that. But if you love having a pattern to work from, a quick google shows that Prairie Grass Patterns has one that’s very similar (cutely entitled ‘Prep School Knockout.’) I’ve bought patterns from her before and I know that hers are really well written and gorgeously printed.
The quilt layout began with a very solid, dense array of colours, but I wanted to break it up a little. With the addition of some hearts from my stash, I grew the quilt face into a size and arrangement I was happy with. I know it looks strange now, but trust me, the colours will eventually all come together! (I hope.)
At this point I’ve just completed quilting in the ditch across both directions, and have moved on to sewing on the bias. I am doing this after sandwiching to save on quilting, and so that later I can ‘catch’ the ends of the bias binding in the border.
So it’s back to the table that I’m all spread out on, and working on my quilting (my least favourite part of the process!) in an attempt to GET THIS DONE by next Tuesday. Does anybody else ever leave things quite this late? I’ll keep you posted as to my success.