Happy New Year ! ! ! ! And, in keeping with the arrival of the New Year, I’m presenting a new quilt, one of the works that we photographed in Sibila’s studio in mid-December.
I have shown this as a work-in-progress, and here is the finished product, with which I am very pleased. I don’t quite know how this one got so large: it just did. This size made the machine quilting a bit of a challenge (and chore), since I do my quilting on my regular Bernina, but my ability to play with new-to-me free motion quilting designs is what kept me as sane as possible during this long process.
Green Fun Fours
Green Fun Fours, 2012 79.5″ x 90″ Photography by Sibila Savage
This quilt started out as one of my usual exercises in 2″ squares (click here for the other versions of this particular pattern): pull a big pile of squares, and start sewing them together into four patches. I used the colors in the polka-dotted middle border as the original inspiration. As I progressed, however, I found that adding more and more colors seemed to work well. Any lighter hues of the greens and browns were saved for the streak o’ lightning sashing.
Green Fun Fours, Detail
For the quilting, I created patterns that repeated vertically, which I thought would make things a bit easier. Each of the two patterns (one through the sashing and one through the four patches) required two passes to complete, but were simple and fun enough to keep me interested.
I can’t say that I am done with this quilt pattern, because every time I make it I love the results, and each one looks very different. Truly are “fun” fours.
BTW: Unlike quilters in previous generations who put intentional mistakes in their quilts because only God was “perfect”. I did not put that piecing error in on purpose.
Random question of the day: Why does spell check always want me to change “sashing” to one of the following: slashing, smashing, stashing, swashing (WTF ?!?), sating, sassing, or cashing????????