My entry is a quilt I have just finished for a friend's 50th birthday.
Nigel, if you're reading this and you want any element of surprise, discipline yourself to look away now!
The decision process on what to make was quite protracted, then it took even longer to make it; mainly because I was slow and we were in different countries. Throw in an international move and time goes by so fast so now I'm nearly a year late! Making quilts for friends and family can be quite difficult because of differing tastes, but we had a lot of agreement on this one.
We pinned inspiration photos on a shared Pinterest board and had thought we'd come up with a plan; but then I just didn't feel inspired about our first decision which involved loads of narrow stripes, which would have looked look amazing but been quite tedious to do. The colour palette emerged quite early: an ochre theme being common to many of the things Nigel pinned. I also decided that using shot cotton would give it the colour depth I was after.
In then end we were inspired by this. I think it is by Tommy Fitzsimmons of Tommy's Art Quilts so I would like to acknowledge her amazing work, very much more subtle and complex than mine.
The size of this is 47 x 68.5" so it just squeaks into the Small Quilt category. But I've decided to enter it into the Modern Quilts category.
I wanted to make it quite improvisationally, so I cut panels in the approximate dimensions and experimented with the arrangement on my design wall.
I wanted to have gently wavy insertions and a general sense of wiggliness, so I stacked the fabrics right sides up and cut improvisational curves with the rotary cutter.
And then just built and inserted until I was happy.
I hadn't done this kind of curved piecing before but it went OK. Long gentle curves are much easier than small Drunkards Path blocks!
I quilted it using a variegated cotton thread, in long organic wavy lines to echo and accentuate the piecing.
I backed it using good old Ikea Nummer which I bought a bolt of before we moved to an Ikea-less country!
It makes such a versatile backing and here I highlighted the relevant number with a wavy frame of the different shot cottons.
For the binding I used left over strips of the various fabrics in the quilt.
After trialling many different methods for attaching the binding over the years I have come back to my favourite: narrow doubled binding, machine stitched onto the front and hand sewn down onto the back.
I was bit nervous about washing it as I hadn't prewashed the fabrics, but I put in a colour catcher and all was well!
Hopefully it's the perfect size for a bit of coziness when reading or to drape over a chair
Isn't it funny how a quilt never looks finished until it's been bound and washed to find all its lovely crinkliness!
Now I'm off to look at all your entries in the festival...