Instead of working on another load of laundry and vacuuming up the sand from the kids’ shoes, I’ve been putting together a simple quilt.
I used Moda 5-inch charm squares, SOOOO cute. They look provencal – lots of lavender blossoms, which are dear to my heart. (Now, they proliferate in my own California backyard, but the first time that I experienced a large mass of lavender was in Provence, growing row by row in dusty fields. I really long to back there one of these days, just to inhale that air!) Lavender-sprinkled paisleys and big floral prints are mixed in. The black accents move it away from anything too cutesy or overly girly, I think. I can’t really make any claims for the color selection, though; all of these came from a handy pack of the same line, Out of the Blue.
The yellow is VERY yellow. Almost an orangey hue.
One of the fun things I tried on this quilt was to free-motion some hearts in the sashing. They are not perfect but they certainly are free-wheeling and kind of artsy:
And in my spare time, I’ve been reading up about Amish and art quilts…. I’m enjoying Jean Wells’ book Intuitive Color and Design: Adventures in Art Quilting. Wells is co-owner of the Stitchin’ Post, a famous quilting shop in Sisters, Oregon, and she founded and helps organize an amazing quilt show there annually for years… I hope to go someday. This book offers great photos and insights into using color in creating quilts – ideas that could be used for most any art form (indeed, Wells says she’s been inspired by her photographer daughter to rethink her use of color). More on this if I find a moment to try out some of her wonderful suggestions for “ruler-less” patchwork. Judging from Wells’ blog, there are some great classes being taught up there, another goal when I actually have some real time!