I started making a quilt top about a year ago. I was planning to do it with spiderweb blocks.
I made a few and it just didn’t feel right so in December (while cleaning up to decorate) I packed it away. I started again on Sunday with a fresh perspective. Over the course of the year I have expanded my view of quilts. I still love the very traditional, but I also appreciate the less formal improvisational style. When an idea strikes I need to go with it right away so that is what I did.
Using the same fabrics I did the piecing like I did in the last quilt.
I incorporated the blocks I had already finished into the top
Now i like it. I might add a border
without a border it is 58 x 68 inches
Teddy looks good in(on) these colors
The pictures without Teddy are a truer color ….I took the Teddy pictures without a flash so he eyes wouldn’t get spots.
I was very excited to get a new book today (I have been waiting for months for it to come out) Unconventional & Unexpected American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe
I have one of his other books “The American Quilt: A History of Cloth and Comfort 1750-1950″ and this book completes the story. People often view quilting as nonexistent between the late 40’s and the quilt revival of the 70’s. This book shows that this was not the case. The nearly 150 quilts in this book are surprisingly improvisational, much like Jazz is to music . The notes are the same but they are played differently. It is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it.
Now that I have satisfied my improvisational desires for a few days I am back to work on some traditional hand quilting.