One quilt top done and ready to quilt! Just look at all that Sis Boom color and magic. I’m calling this one Wildly Nostalgic because it’s a riot of prints from Jennifer’s past collections. Some of my most favorite, like Mod Girls and Crazy Love, are in there. Here’s how the top turned out:Originally, I began with a random placement. I didn’t get many pieces up on the wall before I knew it wasn’t going to be the best choice for these prints. They needed something to give them cohesion, to help them show off the body of Jennifer’s work that they represent.
Once I realized they were begging for a painter’s palette type of setting, things came together quickly. Rather than stick to a rigid progression of color, I chose a looser adaptation. The pinks swirl around from oranges to browns and purples. The blues flow into purples as well as aquas. This is a very organic way to put it together. You don’t have to do this.
In fact, do whatever you want! Because this quilt is so simple and easy, you don’t need to get hung up on piecing or worrying about how all the blocks will relate and whether or not you chose the right print for the star points, etc. It’s really an exercise in letting go and playing.
If it’s simply too nerve wracking for you to jump in with something so wild, narrow your selection of scraps to a single color family. Love blues? Your stash is likely to be full of them. Get them out, cut them up and start playing. Or maybe you’re ready for the next step–analogous color schemes. These are two colors next to each other on the color wheel. Think blue/green, pink/purple, yellow/orange.
As promised, here’s a Speedy Guide to get you started. This is the basics for putting this together. If you’re like me, this is all you need. If you want the full pattern, head to MakeItCoats and download the free pattern.
And of course, if you get started and find you’ve lost your nerve….email me. I’ll give you a pep talk and get you back on track.