Around the World Blog Hop

I’ve been tagged! In the Around the World Blog Hop.  By who? By Kim Andersson of i adore pattern, new designer for Windham Fabrics who is just coming out with her fabulous new fabric collection Tidal Lace. Check out the amazing look-book of gorgeous projects using her collection.  It has been fun seeing the whole process as she is a local design buddy I know from both textile design school and from the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild. Actually she was the one that got me to go to one of their meetings and I don’t know if I would have started to quilt if she hadn’t!

1. What Am I working On?

Oh my! First, I am working on 2 new design collections, one a follow-up to Pop Rox and Luna Lounge (coming in April next year) and the other a follow-up to Bel Air (by my alter ego brand name Lauren Marcella), coming out in December, all with Andover Fabrics.  I am also working on piecing 3 quilts, almost finished a fourth, and have 2 in the queue for quilting. Ha ha I am also working on our kitchen renovation plans!  Takes up a lot of time and creative energy! Demo begins in 2 weeks.

2. How Does my work differ from others of my genre?

Does it? Well there is so much work out there and good design at that. I haven’t reinvented the wheel but my designs are all original, and so therefore have my own”hand”, much as with other designers. We all make our mark!  People sometimes point out the movement in my work, or unusual layouts. As much as I collect inspiration I really end up working from imagination in my design work.  With quilting, as much as I try to plan, I usually end up doing improv. That is what makes me happy!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

Oh, I think I just answered this one. It makes me happy! Like many artists, I do think in whatever way I incorporate it into my life, I simply MUST create. It’s like breathing. There are no hidden meanings or messages to my work. I like to make things I haven’t seen before, though of course I am inspired by everything I see around me and by 200 year old art and design as well as the latest and greatest

4. How does my writing/creative process work?

For me, things usually come from imagination and sort of percolate up. Then comes the very pragmatic task of getting things drawn out on paper and rendered in the computer. Once motifs get rendered it is a RIOT playing with them and trying different things and layout, sizes, colors–it’s always a flurry putting together a design collection at the end. What I imagine in the beginning is only the start of what I have in the final collection. Though kind of like waking from a dream where you can only seem to remember portions of it, sometimes what I have in the end is just a whisper of the original creative epiphany.  Some things are just too precious for this world and never make it out into the light!

And…drumroll please…I am tagging Mitttie Cuetara and Pati Fried for the next leg of this journey.  I went local as I know both of these artist/designers from the area. And both designers to watch may I add!

Mittie Cuetara is a textile design school friend and design group buddy and is an incredibly prolific and versatile artist.  Her surface design website is mittiecuetara.com, but check out her current project of landmark illustrations printed on fabric items, at http://www.landmarkink.com

Pati Fried is a very well-known local quilter, teacher, and quilt pattern designer. She blogs on both her own site and See How We Sew. She also is a fabric designer and word has it, shhh…she has some new fabric design collections in the works.  I met her at the East Bay Modern Quilt Guild where her skillful and gorgeous quilts always make me swoon.

Check them out next Monday Oct 20th for their turn on the Around the World Blog Hop!
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Three quilts in the piecing cue….

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latest quilt in progress–almost done piecing…

Quilting in the Garden 2014

What a scrumptious day at Alden Lane Nursery to see their annual “Quilting in The Garden” show.  Beautiful quilts hanging all over their vast property amongst the flowers and trees, all blowing in the wind!

First some shots of the whole scene and then we’ll zero in on a few quilts (only a fraction unfortunately!).  Photography a little challenging as one is looking up taking photos against a sunny sky, so we’ll show you what we can, and enjoy the dappled light. If you’re in the area, don’t miss this event next year!

Featured artists this year were local celebrities Diana McClun and Laura Nownes, and from Oregon, Jean Wells and the Quilt of Sisters.  There were also quilts by local quilters, some with booths. There certainly were beautiful quilts everywhere.  Kind of dreamy! Take a gander….

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery #192 OHO Zen Chic by Ginn Staines

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery Quilt #254 The Good, Bag and Ugly by Judy White, #247 Friendship Lattice by Teresa Abbey

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #186 Vintage Hexagon by Jackie Erickson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #145 Tumbling Stars by Diana McClun and Laura  Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #242 Neighborhood Square by Candace Hallquist

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #163 Digital Pink Rose by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Digital Pink Rose by Diana Mc Clun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #164 Red Triangles by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Red Triangles by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #166 Scrap Silk Quilt 1 by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #127 Star Medallion by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, back of #127 Star Medallion by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes…I spy Pop Rox!

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #42 Modern Drunkard for a Missionary by Melissa Draper

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #93 Red Mountains by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #168 Crazy Quilt Bugs by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #122 The Giant Tumble by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, The Giant Tumble by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #208 Quilts Hanging in the Village by Peggy Lindsay

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Quilts Hanging in the Village by Peggy Lindsay

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #103 Garden Maze by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #165 Color Study by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #40 Play with Botello by Jackie Ferrebee

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #21 Mystery Quilt by B.J. Meier

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #79 Rollin in the Jellies w/ Louise by Robin Maimoni

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #74 Crackers and Jellies Gone Chevron by Linda Gullick

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #141 Monet’s Garden by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #57 Juanita’s Star of Bethlehem by Barbara Bowman

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #187 Contemporary Log Jam by Jackie Erickson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #207 Garden Gone Wild by Jean Wells-Kennan

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #194 Pavers and Pomegranates by Tonye Phillips

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Pavers and Pomegranates by Tonye Phillips

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #24 Star Struck by Mary Walcher

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #151 Woven Ribbons by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Woven Ribbons by Diana McClun & Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #219 Baker’s Twine quilt by Valori Wells

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Baker’s Twine Quilt by Valori Wells

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #41 Little Miss Color Wheel by Melissa Draper

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #139 Sensu by Diana McClun and Laura Nownes

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #190 Batik Lone Star by Jackie Erickson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Batik Lone Star by Jackie Erickson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #183 Caliente by Ann Richardson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, Caliente by Ann Richardson

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery

Quilting in The Garden at Alden Lane Nursery, #204 Tumble and Turn by Lawry Thorn

Coverlets: I never met a textile I didn’t like

On my annual summer visit to western NY, my Dad had planned an outing for us to Palmyra to the “Alling Coverlet Museum“.  I wasn’t actually sure what a coverlet was and my Dad’s descriptions didn’t help, but it sure was a fun thing to do given my passion for fabric, textiles and quilting. And in the category of “I never met a textile I didn’t like” he was right. These woven spreads had been a fixture from childhood and seeing a whole collection of them and the looms that made them was intriguing.

There is a rotating display of these coverlets here and it takes six years to go through them all, so there is always something new up. And the Pops bought me the museum book American Coverlets and Their Weavers by Clarita S. Anderson which is brilliant as it seems to have the best of the best of the six years of coverlets in there. Most of these coverlets were made between 1820 and 1880 and the books covers the origins of the weavers and it divided up by state–New York, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, the Virginas and Indiana.  They also have a room of quilts and other textiles of course! (Doesn’t everybody?)

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Alling Coverlet Museum, Palmyra NY

Baby Rox Grow Quilt

So glad to finally show you the “Baby Rox Grow” quilt! Ann Haley designed this oh-so cute-quilt, I pieced the top, Angie Woolman quilted it and we got it to Quilt Market in Pittsburgh just in time. I love Ann’s quilt pattern designs and she’s coming out with a line of them we’ll be sure to keep you updated on.

It’s a quick modern baby quilt that has a measuring tape ribbon included for clocking an ambitious baby’s growth.  Ann Haley has experience writing quilt instructions for quilting books and magazines and has had several of her own projects published in magazines.

We’ve put together a kit to make this quilt at my Etsy store for $49.75, which includes the pattern, all the fabric for the quilt top and the binding, including the cotton measuring tape ribbon. Optional to get a coordinating Pop Rox fabric for the backing also.

I have included extra photos here to show off Angie Woolman‘ s quilting.  Enjoy!

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

 

"Baby Rox Grow" quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

“Baby Rox Grow” quilt pattern by Ann Haley, quilted by Angie Woolman using Pop Rox fabric by Carol Van Zandt for Andover fabrics

Unconventional & Unexpected by Roderick Kiracofe

An advance copy of Roderick Kiracofe‘s new book is in my hands, and wow!  It is another must-have.  Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000, a substantial book at 225 pages, is full of photos of 150 “eccentric, maverick and extraordinary quilts made predominantly by anonymous quilters”.  Ok, I clearly should not have read the inside cover before doing this review because it just says it all so perfectly. These quilts “represent a twentieth century quilt movement that remains mostly undocumented–until now…..these..represent a freer, more casual, soulful yet bold aesthetic..”.

Roderick Kiracofe COLLECTS quilts. Yes, I continue to be jealous of this.  Collecting fabric is great, but collecting whole quilts, ..yum!  The introduction is its own soulful rendition of Roderick’s journey to quilt collector and quilt authority.  There are incredible essays by quilters, quilt historians and curators that form the structure of the chapters, all sharing in the joy and importance of this collection in different ways.

I am interested in modern quilting, whatever that is. If one is given to speculate about the origins of the current modern quilt movement, with established quilters saying that it is nothing new, then this book sheds some light on the subject. For me, it is an exploration, through actual quilts, of the influences that decidedly are part of what we call modern quilting today.

These are mostly everyday quilts, created for warmth and utility. But what results are quilts that are outside of the box, improvisational, expressing the artistry of the maker. Each makes an indelible mark. Looked at not through current trends, but through a historical lens and a curator’s eye, these mostly anonymous, unique, one-of-a-kind quilts share so much love and history.

Reading this book or just leafing through the pictures is a journey of discovery itself. Thank you for sharing Roderick Kiracofe. This book is an important work. Highly recommend. Surpassed my expectations.

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe (without the slip cover)

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Unconventional and Unexpected: America Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000 by Roderick Kiracofe

Duo of Jacquie Gering Workshops

How lucky am I that I got to do two Jacquie Gering workshops in a weekend. VERY, let me tell you!  They were organized by the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild (thank you!) and took place in the Quiltworks space (excellent–nice big design walls) Afterwards this blog went on a bit of a vacation as did I, and then we both decided to take more of the summer off to complete other things, but it’s about time now to get back so here we are.

First off, if you get a chance to take a workshop with Jacquie Gering, please do!  It’s not just working on a project. Her workshops are packed with fantastic techniques and tips and she really works the room helping everyone out with their project, with both technical and aesthetic concerns. And she carries on which charisma and aplomb. There is a reason she’s made such a name for herself. She’s got “it”.

I took both the “Stitch N Flip” and the “Building Bridges” workshops and no, I cannot show you the quilts I did in the workshops…yet.  I promise I will finish them, but you will have to wait. MUCH more interesting though, I have some pics of Jacquie’s block samples and quilts from the workshop to give you a taste.

If she won’t be coming out your way or you can’t wait and you don’t already have it, her and Katie Pedersen‘s book, Quilting Modern, covers a lot of these techniques.  You will laugh in her workshops, and you will chuckle at some of the notes in the book. If you are interested at all in modern quilting, this is an absolute must have.

Jacquie Gering

Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

from Jacquie Gering Stitch N Flip workshop

by Jacquie Gering

Stitch N Flip technique by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

Stitch N Flip technique by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

Blind Co-Pilot technique quilt by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

Stitch N Flip Blocks by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

A little preview of my efforts.  I’ll make something out of it soon I promise!

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Day 2! Building Bridges Workshop.

 Jacquie Gering

Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

A version of her Shattered Quilt by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

by Jacquie Gering

The start of my Day 2 quilt…stay tuned…
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The improv Costa Quilt is done!

Well, this one has been in the works for quite a while. Technical difficulties, a sewing machine repair and also a new purchase coupled with interruptions with quilts that needed to be done for market put this wedding present way behind schedule, but happy to have finished it.  Included, and actually a starting point for the quilt, were the groom’s late mother’s fabrics chosen by the bride. I then bought more fabric that would go with the original strips and in the same palette.  Going for a tropical retro bohemian modern vibe. (?!)

A fairly busy improv piece I added solids on both the inside and then larger swatches on the outside, but I didn’t want to trap it inside a conventional border, so made the border also improv and asymmetrical and the quilting also asymmetrical.  Sometimes not sure if it’s all just a hot mess, or my take on a modern crazy quilt, but it was a labor of love and I just consider it a huge gift to be able to do this using my dear friend’s fabrics to make something for her lovelies for their wedding.

So here are some shots of the final product and in progress.

The Costa quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa quilt by Carol Van Zandt

strips for the Costa Quilt

strips for the Costa Quilt

The Costa Quilt in progress

The Costa Quilt in progress

The Costa Quilt in progress

The Costa Quilt in progress

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt 

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt

The Costa Quilt by Carol Van Zandt