I suddenly discovered this old quilt again recently when the girls fished it out of the closest for their latest fort creation. I love it when they do that. This one must have been buried deep because I hadn’t seen it in quite a while. It was a bit like running into an old friend. I looked at it with fond memories and realized all it’s good qualities once more. So I decided to try to do it justice and see if I could capture some better images than I did the first time around; my photography skills have a long way to go, but believe it or not they have actually improved a bit over the last year or so.
As you can see, it has been well loved, by the dog, the girls, the cat, etc. It lay on our couch for many months too before I finally tired of it and decided to give it a rest.
I really enjoyed the process of making this quilt. I started experimenting more with improv piecing but as you can see, wasn’t completely ready to abandon a super straight square yet.
I didn’t know about modern quilting, what a “log cabin” was, or that I was “improv” piecing. I was just having fun! Cutting up fabric that I liked and sewing it together.
I was drawn to these colors even though nothing in our home is remotely similar. The majority of the fabric was leftover from clothing I had made for the girls and other random scraps I had laying around.
I still find myself designing my quilts as I go and using a very intuitive process for most of it. Even when I’ve drawn it out first, it always ends up morphing into a totally different piece. So metimes one that I love even more than my original vision, or sometimes into a complete disaster-Ha! What a waste of fabric that feels like- not to mention time.
This quilt was a joy to create and I learned so much in the process.