Here are a two more quilts in the “inspired by the fabric” family.
I was fascinated with this wacky retro fabric because it reminded me of the Formica counter tops in our 50’s kitchen in Illinois, and only a very bold solid could stand out next to it.
The challenge for this fabric was finding a quilting pattern that coordinated with the off-centered design of the block. I finally decided to make even more Formica designs in the border, which I tried to show in the detail. It was interesting for me just to start sewing, not planning ahead of time where the next line of stitching would go.
Twirling Ninepatches, detail
After the Twirling Ninepatches was finished, I still had more of the border fabric leftover, so I decided to try the Disappearing Ninepatch quilt, a pattern that Deanna Davis had found online in a DIY tutorial.
Fifties Fun, 2009 35″ x 42″ Photography by Paul Hennessey
I think it is interesting to see how this very active fabric in the borders of both quilts looks slightly different with the turquoise binding, as opposed to the self-binding in the first quilt.