Friday, March 28, 2014

Red was Lacking in My Fabric Stash

A Quilter's Lumberyard Pattern
I am so proud to have this finished. A couple of years ago my friends Patty Bowers and Cheryl Coffman from 'A Quilter's Lumberyard' showed us this pattern using the 2 X 4's which are really 2 1/2" X 4 1/2" fabric pieces.
Figuring out a Pleasing Layout from Fabric Scraps
That year, I also decided to evaluate what a quilter's stash contains and I made a runner using 2 1/2" squares from the fabrics in my own stash. While I had those scrap fabrics out, I decide to cut some of 2 X 4's and that is how this quilt was born. The layout as to colour was a bit tricky as there was a lot of blue and quite a bit of pink and several of the other colours did not have many blocks at all. I actually had to buy some red material having had no pure red in my stash at all. So rather than making a rainbow with horizontal or vertical lines, I decided to let the colours run diagonally, blending the edges together.
Runner: 'Evaluation of a Quilter's Stash'
This quilt top was machine quilted it using my 40+ year old Bernina sewing machine. This everyday quilt will replace my grandma's quilt which sadly wore out after many years use. I think Grandma would approve of the scrap nature of this quilt but perhaps would have thought it should have been hand quilted as hers was.


Win Dinn, Artist said...

WOW! What a stunner that is, Eileen - fabulous work. Your grandmother would have LOVED it!

Unknown said...

Love those! I love bright colors and the blending from one to the next.

I have a lot of red in my fabric stash but a lot of it is upholstery and heavier fabric, since I like it in my decor. The majority of my stash is blues and greens, my favorite colors. I lack earthy colors - brown, orange, yellow - as they aren't my favorites.

Watercolour and Textile Artist, Eileen Gidman said...

Jenn, I am trying to apply what I know about colour to quilting so your comments are appreciated.

Laura Leeder said...

What a colourful feast for the eyes Eileen! Just lovely!