My taste in fabrics has slowly evolved over the years. Once upon a time I loved using “country” fabrics – whatever that meant! To me it involved lots of checks and a darker palette. Then I switched to reproduction fabrics but eventually found that too limiting – particular as I LOVE green fabric but couldn’t get any green repro fabrics that I liked. I slowly progressed to brighter fabrics and it seems that in recent times I have really developed a taste for bright and beautiful.
When I designed Gardenhurst I was in a darker fabric phase of my quilting life. I loved the quilt then but as the years have progressed I often wondered what it would look like in brighter fabrics. However, I don’t really want to do the whole quilt again. So I was delighted when I received an email from Radka Little of Pleasure in Stitching. She had finished making the quilt and used bright fabrics and wow – I really loved what she did.
I will be teaching a block from this quilt next week (in fact!) at Baltimore on the Prairie. So here was my chance at re-doing the block in brighter colours – and I think it looks pretty cute. The pieces are only glued onto the background for the time being. I think I really like this new version of mine. Will I do another quilt? Not sure – I have so many quilts that I’m working on at the moment that I’m not sure I’ll live long enough!