What started out as a pile of very out of date, small print fabric that I have dipped into for years and years and can’t seem to make a dent in has turned into one of my very favorite finishes, in a very long time. This quilt was inspired by the quilt that Jane Austen made.
I consider myself a hand quilter, but wanted to play with machine quilting and this one seemed like a great opportunity. I quilted 1/4″ inside and outside of all the 1″ sashings. This left 4 ” sections unquilted. This is further far apart than I ever quilt. Normally I quilt everything within an inch of its life or of another line of quilting, whichever comes first. Having only 1/2″ spacing makes for very heavy quilts. Not the case here, this quilt feels like it could float away, it is so light and cuddly. I hope some little girl with wrap her self up in it and feel special and loved. And know that she is.
Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend
I was recently struggling with some quilt designs and realized that my stash was seriously deficient in monochromatic fabrics. So after talking with Diana at Pink Chalk Fabrics she put together this very modern, tone on tone, color with white fabrics, things I’ve never owned before, fat quarter group. She can read minds, that woman. What a luxurious hand these new fabrics have. They are even more gorgeous in real life! When my package arrived, I had a little flash of nostalgia. Someday I’m going to miss this old fabric that has been a part of my life still the beginning of my quilting. It has always been there, languishing in the cupboard, and somehow I don’t think it can ever be totally be used up.
But what if it is???
Tell me I am not alone in my thinking. My goal was always to use it up, but now I’m wondering….