Monday, December 31, 2012

Searching for Sunshine

It's been a busy few days here since Christmas. We had a lovely couple of days catching up with family and friends over lots of great food. The weather then took a turn affording me the perfect excuse to hit the sewing room. I wound up sewing just the sunshine I was seeking.
Last month I bought this wonderful Valori Wells fabric, planning that it would be the main feature of a quilt for one of my daughter's friends who is heading off to do a Fine Arts degree.
However quilts do seem to have a mind of their own in my experience. I've been looking at various modern quilt sites to find some ideas for some quick quilts as there are a couple I want to make for close friends who are heading away to University over the next few months. I really liked the Lemon Squares quilt pattern by Faith on Fresh Lemons blog and decided this would be just the thing - bright, clean and speaking of sunshine.  

It sewed up quickly and best of all almost all of it came straight out of my stash with only some additional white fabrics needed to add to what I had.

 So the focus fabric was re-purposed as a border,

once the central blocks had been framed by a thin border of pencils, designed by Kaffe Fassett. Not only were their colours just right but of course it was a natural choice of fabric for someone embarking on Fine Arts.

This rather vibrant print will be the backing - I picked it out for the colours. They compliment the front well. The funny thing is that the more I look at it the more certain I am that I've seen this fabric before in the home of the very person who will soon own this quilt - I'm almost certain her mother has bought this fabric and shown it to me.

As I say, quilts do seem to have a mind of their own.

Best wishes for a Happy New Year to you all.
Let's look forward to lots more creativity and colour in the year ahead.


Jacky said...

Philippa you are prolific !!!! Such a beautiful, sunshiny quilt for your friend. Bound to be treasured. I will take a look at the link (thanks for sharing).
We've had a very cool start to summer too, but some hot weather predicted for next week.
Happy New Year...I've loved following your blog this year, seeing what you have been up to ... always a quilt on the go!
Wishing you much happiness, good health and creativity in 2013.

Jacky xox

Kailee said...

Ha ha! Found you. Sent myself 4kg of chocolate and biscuits - still going. xx