Having said yesterday that I was casting longing glances at the fabric on the back of my sofa that I appear to be trying to turn onto a quilt by willpower alone it seemed only fair to give you a sneak peek. And not just because at the rate I’m going it won’t be finished until at least 2020!
Most of the time I buy fabric in odd fat quarters or maybe half a yard if the mood takes me and then when I’m trying to put together a quilt I go and sit in front of the stash cupboard, pull it all our around me and then start mixing and matching until I’ve got a winning combination and the room is covered in the rejects but for this quilt I’ve pulled out a very special fabric bundle that I’ve been hoarding for years. Back in the days of time and disposable income I spotted a ‘coming soon’ plug for Birch Fabrics Marine Too line on Fabricworm and knew it was love at first sight and would be ordered at first opportunity. The more I make things, and decorate my house, and choose paint colours for H’s birthday or flowers for our table I realise that I have a bit of an addiction to a blue-teal yellow-orange combination. That and the glory that is turquoise, red and white together. And Marine Too hits the sweet spot on colour with its turquoise blues, fiery orange and a gorgeous bright yellow. And it has whales, and submarines, and birds, and sunsets and all sorts of watery loveliness. It was meant to be mine.
I ordered a bundle from Fabricworm as soon as they released it, and then when I saw a couple of offcuts at the NEC Quilt Festival I added those to the mix. It’s sat on my shelf for about five years now while I made other things and thought about what I wanted it to be and now I have a plan. A plan, not a pattern.
I’ve never made a quilt without a pattern of some sort before but I just couldn’t find anything that was quite right. And as I haven’t quite exhausted my enthusiasm for triangle’s after making Pip’s Christmas stocking I wanted to go in that direction again.
And that’s my plan. I’m cutting triangles. Hundreds of triangles from all the patterned and orange fabric and then when I’ve finished all of that I’m going to cut hundred and hundreds of half triangles out of the two dark teal colours.
And then when I’ve recovered from traingle-cutting induced exhaustion it will go together something a little bit like this.
With a bit of luck and a following wind.
You can see why it’s a very good think that my family don’t depend on my quilting skills to keep them warm, but I love the way it’s looking so far.