When quilting, I always gravitate towards solid fabric, especially bright, fun colors. Throw in a stack of gradated fabric and I’m done. These are the fabrics that I hoard, set lovingly on the shelf and glance at every so often wondering what would be the best use to showcase their amazingness. I decided to do a blue and gray quilt using blues from Cherrywood Fabrics, whose vibrant hand dyed fabrics are some of my favorites, and steel gray from Kona Cotton. I used Kona’s medium gray on the back.
As I spent extra time on this project photographing the process, it made me laugh to realize how much it relates to life. To MY life. A quilt starts in little pieces that are methodically pieced together and slowly (slowly for me!) build on each other before they finally form the quilt top. It takes quite a while before you see the finished top and in the middle of that is a lot of trimming, straightening the edges, pulling out stitches, resewing, dealing with the disaster that occurs when your thread slips while filling the bobbin (Yes. Gray thread EVERYWHERE.), loosing track of time, and a sore back at the end of the day. Sometimes it comes out exactly the way I pictured, other times it doesn’t, and sometimes the direction gets changed in the middle of the process. And once the top is done, there is more work to do – putting the backing together, sandwiching the batting between the two, quilting, and binding. Some of these steps are more interesting to me, others are more like work, just part of the project, but all are necessary to achieve the final piece of art. Hard work, full of details, but the feeling as the final stitch is made is pretty great.