Happy Friday! Was it a good week? Are you getting ready for Spring? (Or Autumn, if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere.) I have some simple things to share today. The less time we have for fabric, the more simplicity becomes important. Complicated blocks and patterns are great. They’re also time intensive. Sometimes, you just need that instant gratification, that colorful fabric fix. Practice Piece #4 is all of that and more. The hardest part about making this quilt top is choosing which fabrics you want to put on display. My Sassaman stash is quite extensive so I had no problem pulling some pretty color for this quilt top. After my disappointment in Practice Piece #3, I still needed my Sassaman fix. Jane’s large personality prints are the best for this type of work/play. And her diamond print was the perfect piece of contrast.Just two prints and two seams for this lap quilt. Easy peasy. It’s a Nearly Whole Cloth quilt. To make a bed size quilt, you need to be sure to get extra yardage for matching the repeats. The repeats are obvious when you see the quilt spread out like this and you want to keep the design’s momentum going by matching it all up.The most important thing about making a quilt top like this…contrast. The easiest contrast is the one I’ve chosen. Black and white anything (in this case diamonds) with saturated color is ridiculously easy to pull off. But it needn’t be a color contrast of such grand proportions.
Also, try a contrast in shapes–geometric with florals (which I’ve also done as an additional boost), stripes with paisleys, etc. You’re looking for differences and accentuating them. Because you only need two prints, it’s easy to audition your choices. The dots I used for the backing (another Sassaman favorite design of mine) was a contender for the front, but in the end I chose the higher drama of the diamonds.When I quilted this one, I wanted to practice larger curves. If I were quilting this for “real” and not practice, I would have switched out the thread and chosen a pink. However, the black shows up well and I need to see all those shapes if I’m going to see what needs work. And these larger curves in the meander really need more work! Funny how the denser pattern comes more easily to me. Stinka agrees that more practice is required. I suspect she just wants more opportunities to show off. At least this quilt went smoothly. No tension problems on this one. Thank heavens! I quilted the diamonds on my Bernina because I don’t have any rulers yet for the Juki. I was instantly reminded of all the reasons I love my quilt frame set up. It’s a world of difference!
You can still find this floral print at eQuitlers.com. It’s called Passionate Petunias. The Masquerade Diamonds are scarce, so if you see them…scoop them up!In the end, Stinka did give her Paw of Approval for this quilt. I hope you like it too!