The beginnings and ideas sprang from a color challenge in the Old Red Barn Co quilting group and a stack of Lotta Jansdotter fabric. The large prints were a challenge in themselves as I wanted to showcase some of the fabric and was looking for a way to leave big chunks of print. An improv coin quilt turned out to be the perfect solution. With autumnal solids and the fall palette I was set on creating a quilt that would honor the warm slices of colors seen throughout the Northeast.
I hand quilted the entire quilt top in mostly straight lines but with some random patterns thrown in there to break it up a little. Yes, I quilted the whole entire quilt top by hand. Are you gasping? I hope someone is because I have to admit I've received less than stellar reactions from my non-quilting friends. "Wow. That looks like a LOT of work" with a slow head shake was my most popular reaction. Prompting me to agree and gush, 'Yes, but it's amazing, isn't it?!" Geesh people. Make me draaaaaaag it out of you .....
The quilting commenced in March and finished in September with serious lulls during the humid months. Perle cotton #12 is my current favorite quilting cotton. It's a bit finer than #8 but is still chunky enough to be noticed.
|41" x 63"
I can see already that I'm going to be spending many quality hours perusing the beautiful quilts over at the Quilt Festival. I'm sure I'll find tons of inspiration and with the cooler fall weather I'll be invigorated to start some new projects.