Sunday, June 6, 2010

Floored by these designs

Chanced upon this at the library the other day. Lots of inspiration in these designs made with squares and half-square triangles. Many of the "Tile Designs" are from decorations inside and outside of Middle Eastern buildings, but they look like familiar quilt designs too.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Finally finished!

The front.
This quilt is sort of a quilt-as-you-go even though there's no batting. You sew the blocks together and cover the seam allowances on the back with strips. I had started by sewing one side of a strip into the seam and then folding in the seam allowance and appliqueing the other side down. Does that make sense?

The back.
Anyway, one strip was all it took for me to realize I would never finish the quilt if I hand stitched all those strips! So I pressed the strip seam allowances under, pinned the strips over the exposed seams and machine stitched the sides down. It meant the stitching shows on the front, which doesn't thrill me, but at this point finished was the primary goal!
The fabrics: bright pink, yellows, golds and navy. The color combination inspired by the pink and yellow floral on navy background. I had a fat quarter of it, which was just enough.
This would have been done sooner, but I got distracted by "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest," which is really good. Each book in the triology has been better than the last. And, the book is so thick you really get a workout holding it up in bed!