It's done, it's done! Ok, it's really been done for a couple weeks but I haven't found any daylight lately. It's dark before I get home and the weekends haven't been very sunny. Let's face it, its been dismal up here in New England. Last weekend, I found some sunshine and got some projects photographed, finally!
Many of you quilty friends have been sharing about different projects from The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters by Sherri Lynn Wood. Here is my version of score #9. This spring I was lucky enough to take a class with Sherri. She shared with us her methodology for bias strip piecing. We started by making bias tape then learned how to create the petals, and how to ease the fabric flat. The real trick here was getting those strips to settle into a flat space with out curling up or buckling. Oh, then getting all those petals together and filling out the quilt. That was probably the biggest challenge.
I was also huge fan of Sherri's hand quilting. Before seeing Sherr's work up close, I was scared to use black thread. She sparked some inspriration inside me. Now I have no regrets in choosing the black thread (Perle cotton, size 8) and doing a design independent of the quilt design. It's subtle but still makes an impact overall.
This may be my all time favorite quilt. Maybe it was the tears, the bountiful frustration, or headache of trying to fill in the background, but everything came together perfectly and was worth the trouble. This is also the first time I put a sleeve on a quilt. Once I find some wall space this one is getting an up front and center wall spot. Have any of you been so frustrated you wanted to quit? This one pushed me to that limit more than once ...
-Patch & Chels