I knew the ever expanding quilt industry wouldn't last forever but it was a downer to read some of the statistics from last year.
It doesn't discourage me, just makes me sad.
I admit I don't spend as much on books and fabric as I used to. Part of the reason is because I have a large stash but the main reason is because I am a traditional quilter who likes reproduction fabrics
and patterns and my local fabric shops/magazines are catering more to those who like the trendy colors and themes.
But, I have to tell myself that they are catering in that direction because the quilters who like that are the ones spending the money. Makes perfect sense.
Also the many of the new patterns that are available are too simple and too "easy" for me. I want a challenge, I want something intricate.
I love the ideas that are coming out of Australia. They seem to be going in lots of interesting directions…
I got all the clues done for the On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt by Bonnie Hunter. When I tried to put them together it just looked too muddy and the blocks weren't able to shine. I think I chose the wrong colors of red for the sashing. It all blended in together without a place for your eye to stop and relax. So I gave up on the diamond shaped sashing strips.
I decided I wouldn't use any sashing and would just sew them together in a straight set. But, there were just too many seams to match that weren't pressed opposite each other. It was not a fun experience so I changed my mind again.
I decided to try some different sashing options.
I tried a red swirl fabric but it made the blocks too dark.
I put in a white with a red dot but it was much to light. (I'm sounding like Goldilocks here!)
Then I put the blocks on a red check. Wow! This was my favorite choice but, alas, I didn't have enough fabric to go between all 49 blocks. Boo hoo!
This is the completed left panel from the Roseville Album Quilt by Kim Mclean. It is done except for all the circles that can be seen in a picture of the pattern below. I decided to wait and see what pieces I had left over before I start cutting all those circles. Looking closely today I noticed they were all pink. Something to consider.
I glad I chose to do the panel first instead of starting with a block. First, now I have the equivalent of 3 blocks done and second, I learned a lot about fussy cutting that will help me throughout the rest of the quilt. I've never sewn with these bright fabrics before and there is so much potential for playfulness and movement.
It's quite an adjustment from the repros I normally sew on.
Some of the fabrics I chose really shine in this panel and others are kind of ho-hum. But, someone has to sing bass in the choir so the harmony rings true. I learned a lot.
This is a picture from the cover of the pattern. I decided to work on the bl…