I have a little story here about a quilt that eventually turned from an ugly duckling into a lovely swan:

This quilt started its life back in 2010 as a layer cake of fabric- Woodland Bloom by Moda. At the time when I bought it I obviously loved it- I wouldn’t have bought it otherwise? I bought it to be able to have a big variety of fabric from the one range to make a quilt from, something I hadn’t done before. I didn’t need to keep the fabric in the 10″ squares.
The layer cake rested in my cupboard for quite awhile until it made itself to the top of the list. The only trouble was that I couldn’t decide what to do with it. I looked in many magazines and books and on the net, because after all, these pre-cuts are all the fashion so there should be plenty to choose from, right? I could not settle on anything, and in the end cut the 10″ squares up to make blocks- I don’t know if they have a particular name-like this:

(Sorry for the photo taken with an old camera that put a fuzzy spot in in the middle of all its pictures.)
However these blocks only look good if there is some contrast between light and dark with the borders around the centre piece. As they were mainly middle values, I divided the layer cake into different colour groupings instead and hoped that would work.
I had some stripey fabric in my stash so I pulled it out and added it in to see if it could help.
The intention was to alternate the two different shaped blocks, but when they were next to each other it still wasn’t good. So I went to the local quilt shop and bought some bright green to use as sashing between the blocks and break them up a little. I then worked out a design sewing groupings of blocks together.
This was a little better, but I still wasn’t happy.

I looked at it every which way, upside down, this way and that and still hated it. Back in to the cupboard it went to rest for awhile.
Eventually, about a year later, I decided it was time to do something with this ugly little duckling, and while looking at it with my head to the side and eyes squinting, an idea popped in. I decided to cut it all up again into strips, and I then sewed strips of white of various lengths onto both ends of the coloured pieces. I joined them all together into what looked like a good arrangement. YES! Happy at last.

I added some wide borders onto each end and narrow stripes along the side, and because the strips looked like lines on a page decided to quilt it in a free-hand writing style.

Auditioning for borders

I’ve decided to give this to a relative of mine, so I used names of family members and place names where many of us live, and have lived. This was really fun quilting and very quick. The ends have a flowing feather scroll on them.

In honour of the new season upon us, and now that it has a fresh lively look about it, I’ve called it Springtime. Isn’t it good when you get a quilt finished?!
P.S. My lovely daughter sent me this quote: I think it is my life motto:
“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
― Gustave Flaubert

4 thoughts on “Springtime

  1. lovely story Karen! love the freehand and feather quilting especially, what a great idea and it looks spectacular!

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