This has made for lots of finished quilts, but fewer blog posts. So, time for a little catch-up on all the stuff I've made.
I made this quilt for one of my oldest friends, Amrita. I will not go mushy on you, but she is a delight and I wish my children both have friends as great as her one day.
She was here to visit last summer, and I had her pull some inspiration from my stash.
Amrita picked fabrics in a palette I don't usually work with - tans and oranges and darkish reds. I had a great time jumping out of my comfort zone a bit.
I wanted a kaleidoscope-ish effect, so I pulled a ton of fabrics, and sewed strips of 3-4 irregular bands in colors that ran from light to dark. The bands were pieced randomly side by side, with lights all together at one end and darks at the other. I then used a homemade plastic template to cut a wedge shape. The wedge was finished on the 2 corners with triangles of Free Spirit "Raw Sugar" and cut down to 12" blocks.
After piecing 16 of these, I realized the quilt was way smaller than I wanted. That's when I remembered a suggestion of Aimee's, and used a bunch of leftover color bands to create a stripey border.
The back was finished with this beautiful Anna Maria Horner print that I found at Marden's in Sanford, Maine after our BMQG retreat last year. It was like $4 per yard, and I can't deal with how perfectly the colors match.
I used the super-chocolatey flavor of Hope Valley floral to bind, another go-to fabric that I love.