Seattle continuously delivers a good snow day per year. I enjoy it as a legit excuse to spend the time at home, watch the kids be kids and be generally lazy.
Plus those kids are useful to hold quilts;)
I’ve taught the Crushed It workshop around Puget Sound and the studio a bit this month, and I have three favorite parts of this workshop.
- First is the excitement from students about how easily the blocks come together and the fun shapes they create.
- Second, seeing what background fabrics make the piecing pop.
- Students telling me they went home and couldn’t stop making them;)
I’ve got a little of it brewing up on my own design wall lately too.
My background audition started with a flax that quickly was restashed. The crimson dead on. I built the hearts into squarish blocks with the crimson and decided on this tumbling layout with the hearts.
From there I began paneling out the quilt top’s construction. When I ran out of that specific crimson I went to stash for more…and more…and more. The end result is a richly textured background and in my opinion way more interesting than had I stuck with one solid. Shot cottons, Kona, Cotton Couture, plus some others all live harmoniously together.
The binding spoke that it needed that color too, so it got an all most solid print, I didn’t want to distract from the hearts. I flanged this one too for a little frame. Backing is an old Erin McMorris from her first line Slope Park. I finished it off with vertical straight lines in lavender (some straighter than other ;).
FYI- I’ll also be at:
Bainbridge MQG | Double-Trouble Triangles Workshop Saturday, May 4th 10am.
Gig Harbor, Mukiteo, Chicago, Omaha and Napa details soon.