I’m so excited to have a new fresh site to share all my creations with you. I’ve got a lot to learn about managing it, but I’m off to a good start thanks to my web designer Carrie. She did an amazing job. I was over the moon to work with a talented and creative individual that would respond with, ” Sure, we can do that!” at every twist and turn. I can’t recommend her enough.
Now I’ve got a lot of finished quilts to show you!
First up is BIG Tossed Hearts. It’s a happy quilt.
This quilt is a perfect example of starting with an idea and ending up in a totally different direction. This happens most of the time, but I almost scrapped these blocks (no pun intended). Maybe there is no quilt in my mind that purple/crimson can’t help;)
The heart blocks are made using the improvisational crazy piecing technique I call ‘Split Personality.’ It’s such a simple method that produces blocks quickly. I’ve used it now for a quilt, a few potholders and have some blocks produced for another heart idea.
I loved the improvisational design process and construction as much as the blocks. It’s been awhile since I’ve made a quilt that wasn’t a straight set of blocks. I embraced my usual mixed background with Carolina Chambray, Kona, Michael Miller and likely some other unknowns. I really wish manufacturers of solids would somehow label the selvedge it sure would make reordering easy.
The effect really added to the quilt’s negative space. The photo below on my screen is probably the best example of its color.
I quilted it with straight lines in lavender thread about a half inch apart.
Sometimes when I get to a long seam I’ll realign my painter’s tape with it to make sure my prior lines are somewhat straight and behaving. My distance between lines certainly was off so I decided to just go for it and added a few organic lines to this section where the hearts tumble together to make it less evident.
I went again with a 1″ folded faux binding before adding the finishing binding. It needed a frame for sure. That crosshatch is so perfect.
I guess it didn’t occur to me to take a photo of the back since it’s just one piece. The ladies I taught in Georgia were cracking me up by joking that they always categorize a quilt ‘modern’ by whether the back is pieced or not.
I taught this as my featured workshop a few month’s ago, but since I’m posting a quilt with the technique and love it so much I’ve added two weekday and weekend session of the Split Personality quilt block to the calendar. Hope you’ll join me!
Hope all is well and inspiring in your world. I’m out to plant some flowers. Guess what color?