huck’s quilt

I made a quilt for a friend’s brand new baby:
huck's quilt

You can see here one of people’s favorite squares. I think it stands out primarily because it is different. And really it was an attempt to disguise a mistake!
huck's quilt detail

I am relatively new to patchwork on a larger-than-pillowtop scale. In my ramblings through the wealth of inspiration out there in the world, I have been asking myself: what will my voice look like? I do have an overall signature style, at least according to a dear friend of mine who recently went through my entire flickr photostream on her iphone! How will that sense of style-self translate into a medium that asks of me something I don’t know how to give: precision? The nest box quilt was one answer. My current project is another.

Instagram Photo

I am making a quilt for a friend who is moving to Hawaii. I wanted to make something bright and cheerful that she and her daughter will enjoy, but after a few sketches and a few flying geese, I still didn’t feel like I had the right idea.
Then I ran across this conversation over at daintytime, I decided to allow myself to relax into what I do best: cut shit up and sew it together. This time, I will let my design be spontaneous and guided by a blend of Chaos and Intuition! Next time I will measure again. I think I might make an economy block quilt…

I am linking this through to Amanda Jean’s Friday Finish for this week. It’s nice to have something done to show off!

piecing alice’s quilt

I (Shannon) am a pretty uncommitted blogger but this blog isn’t seeing much action what with Alice in school and anyway, I have been meaning to post progress on a quilt I am making.  This will be the first largeish quilt I have made, when I finish it.  There was baby quilt once that came off my machine when we lived off the grid.  It was sewn on a borrowed Singer treadle out of old dresses and some velveteen, with an daggy old fleece blankie as batting, but that has long since disintegrated.  (That is a good word, think about it.  Dis-integrate…)

Since Alice’s favorite vintage quilt is going south, we decided she needed a new one.  (The conversation went like this:

A: “My quilt is falling to pieces.  I need a new one.”

S: “Okay.  In the meantime you could always use an army surplus blanket.”

A: “Yes, well.  But it has to be pretty.

So, after getting rid of the lion’s share of my quilting cottons last time I moved, I find myself buying them again.  I love buying fabric. Hawthorne Threads is the bomb. Low shipping costs, and the send stuff out so fast!

I started thinking I was going to elaborate on these wonky log cabin squares I made a year and a half ago.

wonky log cabins

I realized, however, that I am sick and tired of that block. When I started sewing those, 8 years or so ago, I thought I was creating something original, but I have since read (in this book that they are the most popular modern quilt square, and no wonder. They are awesome and easy! (Here are some previous examples…)

So, with Sunday Morning Quilts in hand, I decided to make a version of the Candy Coated quilt, which is the one on the cover. Here is a lovely version of it.
And here is my progress so far:

alice's quilt in progress

Work and home and drinking schedules really let me only get one or two rows done per week, so I will be right on schedule for my winter holiday deadline. Hang in there, Alice! And remember, I’ll loan you a wool blanket if you need one!