I recently tried a different approach to creating a wall quilt. I had some fabrics I really wanted to use, but I didn’t know what to create with them. So instead of knowing what I would make, I instead just knew that I would use these fabrics to make something. I was inspired by glancing through my Kaffe Fasset books, I have three, and I enjoy the quilts in his books. They all use his fabric line, and it’s the strongest element in his creations. Often the designs are not that difficult, but his fabrics make them sing.
My fabrics were not from his line, but they were some I love and had gathered over time from visits to quilt shops. I did get inspired by some of the patterns in the books, but made my own spin on the patterns.
Here’s the quilt I made, about twenty inches square.
I had circles and dots on the brain, and was really happy I found a small piece of the black on white dots in my stash, it seemed to be the just the right fabric to add as a highlight. I first stitched 6 by 6 inch blocks of strips, then cut them diagonally before I started piecing them together to created this piece. There are three blocks that create an L shaped pattern, which I find interesting. reminding me of a path.
I free motion quilted it in a geometric patterns. It somehow reminds me of summer, I think because polka dots remind me of fun and circuses for some reason! I suppose all the blue and green points to the summer landscape too. I’ll try this approach again, choosing the fabrics, then deciding what I’ll create with them.