Hooray! Blogger’s Quilt Festival is here! I had grand plans of sewing a new quilt just for this festival, but it was not to be. May is just the craziest month, and it seems like more stuff gets piled into it every year. After sulking for awhile, I remembered that one of the best parts about this festival is that it’s the stories behind the quilts that are the best part. So I thought I’d share an oldie but goodie with you!
Believe it or not, I really used to enjoy paper piecing. I LOVE the work of Judy Mathieson, most especially her Mariner’s Compass quilts. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent just poring over her Mariner’s Compass book! This quilt was one of the first quilts I made with my own hand dyed fabric, using a Mariner’s Compass pattern that I drafted myself!
I made it back in 2001 (thank goodness I quilted a date in the corner!) I still love it, it hangs in my “music room” (aka the dining room where my husband and sons practice with the table pushed off to the side).
Back in my early dyeing days, I loved combining bright colors with black, it makes them all pop. One large stumbling block I had in working with my own hand dyes was figuring out what other kinds of fabric to combine them with. The flat black is beautiful, but very severe. After making this (and a couple other similar quilts) I realized that I had to learn how to dye tertiary colors, to get more subtlety in my colors. I also ended up deciding that I didn’t LIKE combining hand dyed fabrics with any other kind of fabric, I just had to dye more so I could use my hand dyes exclusively! You know, there is a couple of years of study summarized in those 2 sentences! Seriously, how is it that something so simple took me so long to figure out?the truly
I know that I had already taken my free motion machine quilting class with Melody Johnson, in fact this is probably the first quilt I quilted after that class, as this is the earliest quilt I have with this unmarked, totally improvised quilting patterns.
To all the new visitors to my blog – thanks for stopping by. Make sure to go visit more of the quilts in the festival!