You know how sometimes a new pattern really excites you?
And you just HAVE to do it right away?
Well, that’s what’s happened to me. I had this idea in my head, that slowly came out onto paper and before I knew it it just grew and grew.
Firstly I must confess that I absolutely LOVE script or newsprint fabric. I’ve been collecting and collecting and collecting over time – and now have a basketful!
Well……….the quilt I had in mind was going to make use of a LOT of newsprint/script fabric. As I also enjoy designing vases, flowers, baskets – I knew that I wanted that to be the theme. But with newsprint/script fabric?
The title came to me first – “Message in a bottle” – and I ran with it.
I enjoyed the process of designing the bottles – with flowers of course. I wanted the quilt to be awash with colour – without beige/cream backgrounds. Once I started drafting and drawing it seemed that inspiration came from everywhere. I certainly don’t call myself an “artist” because I can’t really draw but…… sometimes what I see in my head gets translated pretty closely onto paper. Other times I struggle to get it right and don’t always succeed.
Once that was all done I put it away thinking I’d start it after finishing work on Mimosa and Tulipa. But the urge to start was too strong so I decided “what the heck” ……… I worked over a weekend and a few nights and glued all the blocks down and machine sewed the fillers.
And here are some of the blocks:
In the meantime, Margaret and Jennifer are off to the US to Quilt Market. Wish I was going – maybe next time. And why are they going? We were commissioned to design a quilt using Marianne Elizabeth’s new fabric range – Arabella Rose, the pattern of which will be released at Fall Market. Go to my other blog Turn left for Harmony to read the story there.