Finally, I'm able to share a little bit of the quilting process with you. Not what I would like it to be but all that I seem to be able to upload right now.
"The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking," by Jane Brocket, has been a great inspiration for the design of this special piece, as well as the beautiful fabric of Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett.
The quilt is made with 5" squares. Here, they are arranged in 4 square blocks in preparation for sewing.
My little work corner
After sewing, I hang the blocks in progress to get an eye for fabric placement. This quilt is pretty freeform with arrangement, except, I did not want like squares against each other, and I wanted to have a sprinkling of lights and darks.
From my production area, I pinned the blocks to a sheet on the guest room wall. This way I could turn and arrange them 'til it all felt right.
Yesterday morning, I sewed all the blocks together and added to more rows at the bottom. As this comes together, I am in a constant state of gratitude and re-living the times spent with my sister , Margaret, making my first attempt at sewing pieces of fabric together to form a tiny quilt, and also, the patience she showed in teaching me how to hand quilt.
Today, as time draws near to get this gift to the quilting service, I took the afternoon off to make one more trip to Tumbleweed Quilts to purchase the backing and the border fabric. I'd ordered them on line, received confirmation and they NEVER came. Fortunately, I was able to buy similar fabric but it is not as originally planned.
The new fabrics have been washed and hung to dry and tomorrow I will be able to do the final cutting and sewing. My mind is already spinning with ideas for other quilts! Oh, oh..