64.5" x 62.5"
I am super pleased to tell you that my quilt has been juried into QuiltCon 2015! Yay! I feel like a complete novice in this modern quilt movement, and so I am really happy that my work is considered worthy of showing with all wonderful and talented modern sewists!
Meanwhile, behind the scenes, I will share with you the little story of this quilt. I had a lot of scraps leftover from making the Feral Cat quilt for my daughter. I was also inspired (and continued to be) by the work of Heather Blair Pregger. Her tuning fork quilts knock my socks off! So I thought I would take a shape, the letter "i", and make it into a repeating block in a random sort of way...maybe like a floating grid? Oddly, my daughter did not like the "i" blocks, so I set them to the side while I let her help make up a different back for her Feral Cat quilt.
|Lime with grey rings and aqua dots|
|Aqua stripes with grey dotted bricks|
Eventually, I just placed the blocks I had where I wanted them, and then individually auditioned and made the rest of the blocks to fit the empty spaces. This worked quite well, but was very time consuming. I actually had visions of fabric flying, rotary cutters rolling, and blocks being sewn to fit with nary a thought in my head, all just improvisational pieced on a whim. My experience was really much more like an extended headache. It took me a while to get the hang of making the other blocks to fit the spaces.
Then when I finished, I had the same problem I had with my daughter's quilt. This one also needed a back! What's up with that!! I wanted this quilt to be my new studio lap quilt. My old one is so battered and well used that it is falling apart. And, with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to have something different on the back to suit my changing mood for the day. I chose this, and added the extra fun of varying the size of the blocks again. AND, I just LOVE the way this came together too! AND, though it was a lot of effort to make all the blocks, they were super easy and did not tax my brain at all. ALL GOOD!
Machine quilting and putting the bright pink binding on finished it up. Now that it is going to QuiltCon, I will need to add a hanging sleeve. Perhaps I can disguise it so that it does not interfere with the back?