- the fabric...
- the colors...
- the randomness...
- the journey...
- and that the top is done.
I have talked about this quilt and what it represented in my Quilting as Therapy post as well as this one.
This past weekend I decided it was time to get all the four patches out and put them on the design wall. It was so fun! If you haven't been on this journey -- the blocks are 2.5" (finishing at 2") and the sashing is 1" (finishing at 1/2").
Lots of pinning. At every single intersection.
Lots of ironing.
And a reminder of why I do so love all the different shot cottons. They sparkle a bit more than homespuns -- but of course, not nearly so much as silks. That's a dream for a different day (or year!). This had a blue and peach in the warp and weft - and it changes color depending on the light.
When I was putting this together -- I just started sewing (after LOTS of cutting). I tried to be as random as possible and not over-think the color placement. I basically sewed up every square I had cut and here is my waste. Eleven of the sashed 2.5" squares, 3-4 partial strips that were cut so far off grain that I couldn't bring myself to put such crooked squares in the quilt, and a tiny bit of Aurafil thread. This top required almost a full spool of Aurafil -- that gives me some perspective on how much sewing this little beauty actually has in it. It has done exactly what I needed for various periods of transition in my life in the past two years.
And finally -- as I was heading back upstairs this morning (after taking a picture in 16 degrees!), the light coming through the beveled window in the front door caught my attention. I threw the top on the steps, stepped back, and let the fractured light and prisms dance on the fabric. Oh my!
I hope you are working on something that makes your heart sing!