Tuesday, 23 October 2012

I have a quilt in my head...

...and this is a shady, not-to-scale representation of it. It's been in my head a while now. To make for my very own bed. Yes, that's right. It's a quilter's search, don't you think? To find a style, a fabric line, a design they could live with long term. (Perhaps not too much unlike looking for a partner?)

I think it was first seeing Anna Maria's Feather Bed Quilt (the pattern of which you can download here) that inspired me. I loved the way her Field Study looked all scrappy cut up like that in little strips. But I wanted less white, more colour and movement.
But I can't figure out the best way to put it together. How would you do it? I thought I could (a) paper piece or quilt-as-you-go big square blocks made of half square triangles. Or (b) sew stips together like I have here...

...but instead of having the lines go along the zigzag, I line them up straight. Then I could cut parallelograms of white to sew below?

Or I could make square blocks of stripey colour and cut them on the diagonal much like option (a). Or perhaps there are ways I haven't considered? Can you help? I'm not really choosing yet between ease and effect. If long term is on the cards, I'll probably lean towards super amazing finish, but then, I actually need to make it...


  1. They're all great but I love the second way you have it laid out!!!

  2. I think I am confused regarding your construction options. But, I too like the stripes in your zigzag running vertical. If sewing in a white parallelogram is hard, you could sew white triangles above and below the zigzag pieces to make them into squares? I'm not sure if that's the best way, but squares are friendly.

  3. I love the fabrics you've chosen in these pics - and I agree with Rachel about the triangles ( although I think you'd have rectangular blocks?) This will be a super amazing finish :o)


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