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 said...

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

Jennifer Van der Hoek 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.

Eileen 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!