I like quilt-alongs. It's fun to make a quilt at the same time as others from around the world, and I love seeing how the same pattern can look so different with different styles, fabrics, and color palettes. I want to participate in sewtakeahike's quilt-as-you-go quilt-along -- you can see the fabulous blocks being made in the Flickr group here -- but I have to catch up on a few other projects first. I plan to jump in very soon!
Interestingly enough, my colleague Tobey and I had a little quilt-along over Spring Break and didn't even know it! I had grabbed some Kona cottons and Gwen Marston's Liberated String Quilts book and came up with this while in Seaside:
Meanwhile, back in Beaverton, Tobey's husband Len had decided that since Tobey seems pretty set on being a quilter, then he would like to have a quilt of his own. And Tobey had Gwen Marston's Liberated String Quilts checked out of the library, so she made this:
Neither one of us had any idea what the other person was working on! Tobey had one word for it -- spooky!
Here's Gwen's original version:
Heather (a la mode fabric) and I have decided to do quilts at the same time (on purpose), so I guess that is a mini quilt-along of sorts. Perhaps we should have come up with some sort of name for it.... Wishes a la mode quilt-along? Fabric, true and kind quilt-along? Oh, well, we're making cross quilts together online and posting pictures each Friday.
I started with a pile of lovely Amy Butler fabrics in blues and greens and told Heather I was all set to get started.
I was so excited about these fabrics, and Heather even offered to give me another blue AB fabric! Then I went to cut them and realized that I had 1/4 yard cuts of most of them, which would not work for 10.5 inch blocks. Disappointed, I went back to my fabric stash and decided to use Heather Bailey Nicey Janes (also in greens and blues) instead.
I started cutting the fabrics last night, but I only had Kona cotton in white, which was too bright for the Nicey Janes. So, I made a trip to Fabric Depot after work tonight for Kona Snow (and some Essex linen cotton blend just because I have been dying to try it).
Back home again I could not stop thinking about those Amy Butler fabrics and came up with a way that I think I can make it work. And they look great with the Kona Snow. But before I could get very far with that idea, I couldn't help but notice how great the Nicey Janes look with the Essex linen. So -- you guessed it -- now I am doing two cross quilts. And they are both in blues and greens. And yes, this makes quilts 3 and 4 in blues and greens. Deal with it. I think it's best to just let me get this out of my system -- if possible. In the meantime -- I am soooooooo happy with the beginnings of these two quilts!
Amy Butler Love + Kona Snow
Amy Butler Charm + Kona Snow
Nicey Jane + Essex Cotton-Linen Blend in Natural
Yes, I'm very happy, indeed! And if anyone else is interested, why don't you join Heather and I? These blocks are addicting!
With wishes, true and kind -- Joan