I have recently started work on two patchwork projects, both destined to be quilts. The first is to be a Christmas present for a very special friend M. She was the first friend I made when I moved to Leeds and has been so kind and generous to me over the years and I really want to give her something special to show my love and appreciation.
The quilt is to be a lap quilt approx. 4ft square and it is going to be a Snowball design made up of 12 sets of octagons in 12 different colours/patterns. The octagons are approx. 10cm across. The small squares which will sit between the octagons are to be deep blue. It can be quite difficult to decide upon colours for someone else....but M loves delphiniums and so this was my starting point, along with some Oriental gilded fabric. All the pieces are pressed and cut and I have basted half of what I need so far. Here are my colour choices.
My second piece of work is much more freestyle....it is going to be a quilt made up of 1 inch squares. My scrap-bag was positively bulging and I do hate to waste fabric, so this seemed like an obvious choice. Made up of mainly florals ( of which I own very many ) along with a few subtle patterns and abstracts. Any colour goes and no size in mind, just see how I feel and what feels right. I will probably sew together 12 inch squares and then put these together to determine the finished piece.
Fabric scraps ready for ironing....
And some time later, beautiful little squares emerge....I may be some time!
Posted by Stephanie.