Monday, May 3, 2010
this (grey, gorgeous, cozy, blustery, rainy) afternoon i had a just-finished quilt spinning away in the dryer while i was hard at work on the floor basting another quilt as, meanwhile, two stacks of fabrics sat on my desk ready to be cut and sewn into fabulous new quilt tops.
at last, i finally feel like a real quilter!
my newest creation is also my first quilt made from a pattern.* this is denyse schmidt's flock of triangles quilt, which i crafted into my own little pretty--if not insanely busy--work of art. rather than alternate the colored geese with white, i chose to send yellow and lime geese in one direction, while some mostly-grey geese seem to flying off in the other direction (alternating colors inspired by this completely amazing quilt). i find the contrast quite pleasing and also a nice way to highlight one of my favorite new color combinations. yay for yellow and grey!
and because the top is a little insane to look at, i decided to make the back quiet and calm with just a few triangles floating in a sea of pristine white. do i like the back better than the front? sometimes. depends on when you ask me!
*one note about this pattern: there is one part--one very crucial part--that denyse schmidt seemed to gloss over in the directions, one that made me go back to rip out an entire row because i didn't totally understand. being a novice quilter, i tried to sew the triangles together matching up the points, but that led to geese with their noses cut off. then i noticed the one line and weird diagram in the pattern indicating how to match up triangles by imaginary 1/4" seems. yikes! easier said than done. i think that's why some of my geese are a bit wonky.
or perhaps i'm just happier sewing without a pattern. that way, when i screw things up i can pretend it's what i meant to do all along.