I briefly mentioned a while ago that I was working on the Garnets and Gold quilt. Then I kept thinking I was SO CLOSE to finishing and so didn’t post in-progress photos. But now I finally am finished, at least with the top!
This quilt is from Little Bits Quilting Bee by Kathreen Rickertson. Like the rest of the craft community I was so sad to learn of Kathreen’s death earlier this year. I never met her, but I’ve drawn so much inspiration from her blog and from this book.
I decided to draw up my own paper piecing templates to help with keeping the piecing precise for this quilt. For the most part I’m really happy with the alignment. When it came to the few exceptions, I decided there was just no way I was going to rip out a line of stitching at eighteen stitches to the inch.
The fabrics are about 90% Amy Butler and a few other random ones that fit the color profile, like that gorgeous orange Anna Maria Horner feather print. Honestly, I go back and forth in my thinking about whether this quilt is just too loud. Sometimes I love it, and other times I start feeling vaguely grossed out by it. It’s definitely not in my usual comfort zone, but it’s good to bust out every once in a while, no? I have a more subdued plan for the back, with scattered wonky diamonds like the ones in this quilt on an almost black background. I think the scraps from the front should really sparkle.
I made myself a little mock-up to audition some possible quilting designs.
I’ve been watching Angela Walters’ Craftsy class on quilting feathers and have gotten kind of obsessed with them. I think I’m going to try putting feathers up through the warm sections of the quilt and then densely quilt back and forth over the cool colored diamonds. But I need to practice a lot first. I’m particularly concerned about avoiding the lumps where all those points come together. That could turn into a total nightmare!
So, have you ever made a project that you couldn’t make up your mind if you liked?
Oh, and unrelated bonus question: have you guys watched The Great British Sewing Bee? My friend Stephanie clued me in to the fact that you can watch episodes on YouTube and I love it! It’s kind of like Project Runway except it’s specifically for home sewers and everyone is nice to each other. I may be the last one to this party, but check it out if you haven’t yet!