I know it’s been radio silence over here for a while but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sewing. I just wasn’t able to tell you about it. 😦
Now I can!
I just returned from QuiltX in St. Marys, Ontario. This was the second year for the quilt show and marketplace. The show itself is rather unique… each vendor is required to make the featured quilt pattern designed by the featured designer.
Here is the info explaining the Same, Same, Different concept:
Here’s Jen’s quilt! You can purchase a few of Jen’s patterns here.
So, I had to make this quilt… let me be brutally honest… this is NOT a pattern I would normally choose. I like Jen’s version but I only saw it after I made mine.
I struggled with fabric choices (my choice ended up being an epic fail), I struggled with the pattern (it wasn’t difficult per se, just fiddly for my taste) and I struggled with trying to put my own ‘spin’ on it (another epic fail, I might add).
Ok, let the judging begin!
No, really, I’ll be ok with your comments… You can’t hurt my feelings any more than I’ve already hurt them myself. I actually hated this first quilt I made and here is why… Like I said before, the fabric was the wrong choice for this pattern. I used the Small Wonders line by Mary Fons (India and Netherlands) I love these fabrics but they are lost in all the wonky-ness of this pattern. I should have used solids or tone on tone
(which I did for the second one… keep reading)
The pattern wasn’t my cup of tea either… I love most of Jen’s other patterns and I ‘get’ where she was going with this one but, it’s just not ME. And that’s okay! Maybe next years’ pattern will totally be my thang!
That’s the whole point of the QuiltX quilt show! It’s a show of quilts made by folks who don’t normally showcase their quilts. It’s a place the quilt-police would never be caught dead in (or be allowed to enter). It’s a show for all of us (dare I say) misfits in the quilting world. Some are professionals but, others… like me; are just people who like to play with fabric and create because, not to do so would be soul-depriving.
So, more about “THAT QUILT“…
(that’s actually the name of it… lovingly named by my dear friend S)
I made it a bit bigger than the pattern called for, adding a couple extra blocks and more background fabric. “I like BIG quilts and I cannot lie!” It measures 75″ x 90″ – a decent Twin.
Someone, somewhere will be able to wrap themselves up in this mess and still keep warm. ‘nough said!
I do like the back. I took some of the Small Wonders Ditsy Yellow Wideback and added a diagonal swatch of the Small Wonders India Crowns. I also added a bit to the bottom as well. It kind of reminds me of the flag that scuba divers raise when they are in the water. I guess it’s my homage to the sinking ship this quilt felt like as I was making it. LOL!
The quilting was super fun! I just played, and played! I did this kind of weird squared-stipple thing that ended up being quite meditative. If nothing else, I learned a new FMQing technique.
I mentioned that I made a second quilt… here it is…
This one is just a little, itty bitty baby quilt! It only measures 33″ square.
I used the Lullaby collection from Kate & Birdie Co. I also used some Northcott Shortbread solids for the background. I used some terrycloth for the backing and love how the quilt feels with terry on the back.
I only made a few blocks and turned them on point. I trimmed the whole thing down to size and actually like this one a lot more! The FMQing is the same squared-stipple technique used on the other quilt.
If you want to see some really great interpretations of this quilt… you can check out all the versions of the Chopstix quilts here
(thanks to the London MQG for snapping photos of them all)
If you want some of the fabrics or to try the pattern yourself, head over to Fabric Please! and tag me when you’ve made it so I can like yours so much more than mine!
Till next time…