This is that fabulous time of year, I get so excited, I can hardly stand it. Tied to the computer, inspired, uplifted, ideas swirling faster than my brain can handle. It’s Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Week! Where bloggers share a quilt that they’d like to share! It’s such fun to look at all the fabulous quilts being made all around the world. Very much a camaraderie of creative people!
My quilt starts about this time last year. My husband and I took a trip to Italy and while in Venice we toured St. Mark’s Basilica. I was so looking forward to this Cathedral, in particular, because I had heard such wonderful things about all the mosaic work. I have always been drawn to mosaics, those tiny little pieces, of whatever material the artist chooses, all put together to create something larger. Hmm… Kind of like quilting…. Wouldn’t you say?
We visited here, twice this trip. The first time we only had a pocket camera and didn’t bother with many pictures because the basilica is so large. The second visit, we had the better camera but also enjoyed clouds and threatening rain… What’s a girl to do? You can’t carry everything, all the time, and still expect to have fun….
And because cameras are not allowed inside, I don’t believe there are any pictures of the interior. The mosaics just bumped one up against another, everywhere. One old quilt pattern smushed right up against another. So many patterns we’ve seen before. You have to go and see it, for yourself, to believe it. This is where many of our old, original, quilt patterns came from, I am sure of it!
So that is how I came to be inspired to make this quilt.
This started as a scrapbuster lap quilt and kept growing with the more love I felt. And I felt a lot of emotion making this one….. I used Stonehenge by Northcott for quite a bit of the fabric, raiding my stash for anything that could be imagined to look like a type of stone. The dark triangles in each is a dark purple, because it is what I had. And because this was originally going to be a lap quilt, the stash of purple came up a tad bit short and a few had to be pieced. I’m not sure why I even considered worrying about that….. The perfectionist in me, I suppose… Each block is 9″ square and it finished as an oversized queen. Cotton batting and hand quilted.
And the back, a quilt in it’s own right, with a strip of blocks set off center. They are actually down the center. It was too long to hold in the other direction. This quilt is now owned by my mosaic creating, rock loving, quilt snuggling, older sister. She was the luck of the draw this Christmas! And if she ever decides she’s finished with it, there are strings attached. Or threads, shall I say. You read it here.
Now, we sisters just need to go see the inspiration, in person, together.
Don’t you think???