Yes, here we are half way through the first month of 2016. I am just happy to be here.
Well, you are guessing that this is my first finish of the year. Nope, actually finished it in December, but am just now posting it. (Note: the background fabric is actually white, as shown below.)
I have finished two quilts from this pile. The little flower basket has been hanging around for years. It was time to finish it or pitch it. So, I finished it. Who can explain the design process or creativity for that matter? For years I didn't know what to do with it and then in Dec., I sat down and in 15 minutes decided what to do. Let me say that this quilt is the exception to the Portfolio Series. Some background here. I have been going through my notebooks and trying to get everything documented and tided up once and for all. This series started in 2007 and there were rules. All quilts would be about the same size, all would be hand pieced and quilted and appliqued - no paper piecing, fusing of appliques, etc. All quilts would be made of antique fabrics. The goal was to have a history of quilt making in America in miniature. The flower basket center was prior to all this and was from my experimental phase. The hexies are EPP and the fans were partially foundation paper pieced. So, as they say, every rule has its exception and this quilt is it. The basket and fans are hand appliqued down, the squares were hand pieced and it is hand quilted. It is 12" square with a 1/8" finished binding. I am particularly proud of the fact that I managed to incorporate a feedsack into this quilt. It is the lavender polka dot fabric in the plain borders. It is extremely difficult to find a feedsack with a small enough design for a miniature quilt. Oh, yes, in yet another exception, some of the fabrics in the basket and fan are reproduction fabrics, although most are authentic 1930's fabrics. There was a time when I considered mixing the new and old. I ditched that idea.
One more thing - New Year's Resolutions - I have one. It is to spend more time reading my friends blogs and catching up on what they are doing.
Till next time.....