This top is finished and I'm so pleased with it! I like its calm, gentle brightness and how peaceful it looks and feels. I imagine the promise of a restful nap or a good night's sleep.
Another blogger described it as "modern and nostalgic." I agree with both adjectives. All the small scraps of fabric sewn as they were into 4" squares is something modern quilters are doing. Sewing four 4" squares into blocks with sashing hearkens to more traditional quilts.
I say the quicker the better to layering and basting this quilt. It is a warren of seams...
with nests of unraveling threads.
In fact, it leaves trails of thread bits as I carry it from one room to the other to work on it. If Gretel had carried this quilt she would have been found quickly. Despite the unraveling, I'm depending on the seams and the seam allowances to keep it together until it's layered and basted.
I've been thinking about the back and the quilting. With all the seams on the front I can't manage to hand quilt a scrappy, pieced back. Imagine pushing a needle through batting plus four layers of fabric in some places. I could handle one or two seams on the back but not more. I'm also thinking about the color of fabric for the back. Stay with neutral/white/cream, or choose a color/print in medium or dark? A light back would give the quilt unity from front to back but a color would give it two sides to enjoy.
I'm not sure how to hand quilt it, either. The path of least resistance? Which would be where on this quilt? I'll mentally work on that while I try to choose a back for it.
This quilt has been oh-so-hard to photograph. We have had full sun all day, but even on other days it didn't seem to like the camera's eye on it. I think the photos above and the one just below show its truest colors. The last photo is a little too creamy to be accurate.
I have been calling this quilt "scrappy leftovers" because I used leftovers cut from behind the stars of this quilt. If it's going to have a name, I think it should be a more generous one. Sometimes I imagine cracked glass -- a frosted window -- with light coming through. If it's to have a name, I'm sure I'll figure it out.
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