Saturday, May 21, 2011

An over-active imagination

I've been busy thinking.  Quilt thinking. 

On the one hand, I have several quilts that now need to be basted and quilted.  So in the deep recesses of my mind, I keep a lookout for possible quilting designs.  At this stage, I haven't found "the solution", but I also want to buy some flannel to back my cat quilt and have been trawling through internet sites looking for something interesting (ie not boring tone on tone).  So far, haven't found anything.  So this is something my brain can continue to mull over for a while longer.

On the other hand, I still have little collections of fabrics that have not settled into a particular project yet.  These fabrics always inspire me to look, consider, play with my EQ6 programme, plot and scheme, and usually do nothing further as I ponder the possibilities.  Sometimes, like the log cabin stars quilt, it just all fits and it gets started immediately.   Other times... it doesn't. 

The last few days I've been looking at a mystery quilt I did several years ago, which was basically a sampler with large 18" blocks and an applique centre.  Once the mystery was revealed, I discovered that the design was a quilt from Barb Adams & Alma Allen's book "Women of Grace & Charm - a quilting tribute to the women who served in WWII".  A couple of the blocks in particular keep attracting my interest.  Finally today I had a play with EQ6 and one of the blocks - "Keeping up morale" to see how repetitions of the same block would fit together.

I have long had a collection of blue and cream... and every few months/years try a different combination to use them up.  Will this be the one?  Of course, if I were to make it, the colours wouldn't be quite so constrained, but I sort of like the alternating strong constrast with the softer version.

Now the collection of Japanese Taupes is another story...


  1. I like the contrast between the blocks too. At first glance they look like different blocks. It's interesting what different colour and tone combinations do to block designs.

  2. I would take out the sashing and see what happens. Hey, it's EQ6 and if you don't like it, it's not a problem....I see secondary and tertiary patterns tho, my favorite!