Monday, June 23, 2014
Sticks and Stones Quilt
Happy Monday! I'm finally getting around to bind and finish a few quilts that have been sitting around! I sent off some lingering works-in-progress to Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting this past Spring knowing I would never get to them myself. It was an amazing feeling to have ZERO quilt tops waiting to be quilted. Of course it didn't last long, but for a brief moment it was the truth, and it was awesome! I'm hoping to keep them from piling up again!
I've decided to call this quilt Sticks and Stones. The first name that came to mind was "Wonky Scrappy Pluses", but I'm trying to be a little more creative in the naming department! The strips remind me of some painted sticks I've seen on Pinterest. The quilting sort of mimics stones a bit, so there we go. That's the story!
I started these blocks at the very first Camp Stitchalot in December 2012! I can't believe it has been that long ago. I made these during an Improv Piecing class taught by Heather Jones. I decided to stretch myself and use only solids for these blocks. All the solids are Pure Elements by Art Gallery Fabrics. The background is Sandstone!
I pieced blocks until I got tired of making them, and had enough to make a small wall hanging. I sashed the blocks all differently, then cut them down to the same size. It's still a pretty obvious grid layout, but it does have a little character to it! (I hope!)
Confession time: I am afraid of quilting with solids. I love prints, so working with just solids was weird! There is no place to hide my quilting mistakes! I had literally no idea how to quilt this, and was not keen on filling in all that negative space. Enter Melissa! I had her do custom quilting, whatever struck her fancy. I love what she did with it! The contrast between the strips and the background is so cool!
I'm excited to find a place in our apartment to hang this one up. It's been a long time coming, it feels good to finish it!
I bound the quilt in one of my favorite Pure Elements, Verve Violet. It's pretty excellent if you ask me!