Monday, June 7, 2021

When Fabric Speaks to You

I love it when fabric speaks to me! 

Just to be clear, it doesn't actually talk, but it does touch me in a way that helps me determine how to use it. 

I think we've all been there. We buy a piece of fabric without a plan for it. We just fall in love with it and have to have it. That has happened to me many times, which is why I have a substantial stash. 

There are also times that while it is not verbal, the fabric actually does send me a message. That's what I'm talking about today. 

I was working on my Homespun quilts and was surprised at how many times it looks like I fussy cut pieces. I did NOT fussy cut anything. As a matter of fact, I was using a pre-cut so these "messages" simply appeared. The fabric is Keep Shining Bright, by Anne Rowan for Wilmington Fabrics. 

I love what I'm reading and choose to believe that there was some divine intervention involved here.   

My tops are complete, but I don't have pictures yet. But...I will show them up on the design wall before blocks were sewn together. This quilt has two layout options and here's a picture from the designer (Modernly Morgan) that shows both of them - side by side. 

Here are my versions. I used the same fabrics for both, but simply laid them out differently. I seriously did not mess with this at all and randomly placed blocks. (Yes, these are really bad pictures, but I took them to help me keep track of the layout when I was moving blocks from the design wall to the sewing machine. If I don't do that, I always seem to sew at least one thing wrong.) 

I don't know when, but I will get better pictures and share them here. I seriously loved making these quilts! I toyed with the idea of adding borders but changed my mind once I started looking at my options. I did however, create my own size for this quilt because I wanted a somewhat small rectangular quilt rather than a square one. My quilts measure 48" x 64", which is just what I wanted. 

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Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

Oh, the fabric was literally speaking to you (and us). What lovely coincidences (oh happy day indeed)!

Julie in GA said...

I love the Homespun pattern (I am making it too), and your fabric works beautifully for it!

Judy Hansen said...

Hi Joanne,
The pattern is an interesting one - I had to look at it for a while to realize that the difference was just placing the blocks directly below each other or staggering them in the next row. Two great quilts. Thanks for linking with Design Wall Mondays, Judy