Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I've been quilting a couple of years and am starting to get the hang of it. I had always wanted to quilt, but until I had a room I could dedicate to quilting, it just didn't make sense. And then there is my tendency to improvise dangerously...I was worried about accuracy. But armed with my rotary cutter and a quarter inch foot I am not firmly on my way. In the past two years I have made ten or twelve quilts, have acquired three machines for myself and one for my granddaughter and have completed two BOMs and am working on two more. I have six or eight quilts ready to be pieced and more ready to be quilted. So I think I'm a quilter!
The quilt I'm most interested in right now is based on the following image. I want to make an artquilt for my sister. We lost two sisters in the past couple of years at Capistrano (the location of this fountain courtyard) is important to our family. In fact, we held one of the funerals there. So I think I will piece the bricks for the fountain, though I might want to work on a solid batik for the two walls. The bells will be pieces to give them dimension. There will be some trapunto on the fountain itself. I need to applique two doves taking off from the fountain. That's my biggest challenge. I suppose I will iron my white and whitish batiks onto fusible then try to cut the doves. I'm envisioning this piece at about 18x24 but once I figure my scale out, I will decide how big the piece will be based on manageable dove size. I'm excited to start this...I would love to hear any recommendations anyone has. This will be my first real art quilt. I don't think my piece will have the same ethereal coloring, this is just the structure I'm working with. Wish me luck!