Penguin Books Quilt
I made this for my older sister who was moving from Paris to Grenoble and wanted a quilt for the new place. I love it because we grew up in a house of Penguin Books and I love the simplicity of the book covers. I used a Kona solids jelly roll and Kona stone yardage and printed the book titles, the logos and the book heading onto the Kona stone using the method described in this post. I used some classic book titles, some of my sister's favourites, a couple of invented titles of family jokes and a few funny titles of geniune books, like "Knitted Historical Figures" and "How to Catch a Cannonball". And I love it because she loves it too. And, a propos of nothing, she emailed me this morning to say she'd just realised that the pattern on the back is a line of books! Bless.
Kaffe Fassett Diagonal Madness
This quilt was made last year for my Mum from a Kaffe Fassett pattern and kit. Whilst I normally prefer to work from inside my head than from kits or patterns, I would make an exception for Kaffe Fassett quilts; I could never put together all those crazy patterns and colours and make them look as fabulous as this quilt looks. Kaffe Fassett fabrics and quilts are not to everyone's tastes but I think his use of colour and pattern are genius. My mum is not one to gush although I know she loves this quilt but I knew for certain when she said she didn't want to take it up to the north of England to show it to her mother in case someone stole it out of the car when they were parked at a service station. I love the idea of a hooded gunman strolling round the car park ignoring the satnavs, the laptops and the ipads and breaking into a car for a brightly coloured quilt. Alternatively the idea of a lady of a certain age, possibly wearing a patchwork waistcoat (although shoot me if I ever do) turning to crime one day upon spying a brightly coloured quilt in the back of a car parked at a service station.
And of course this is my other favourite quilt for a lot of reasons. Firstly because I English paper pieced hexagons when I was little and, lovely as they are, they are slow and I can't see myself making a whole quilt of them any time soon so I kind of had this idea in my head of big, modern hexagons. I also don't like fussing about with templates so I wanted to just be able to cut them from my cutting mat. Then, when those first few glimpses of Sherbet Pips started appearing here and there and from a British designer and quilter to boot, I knew I had my plan.
And I love this photo of the quilt top because it was Christmas Eve (possibly my favourite day of the year) and snowy, one of my sons was taking out the bins in his cool new hoody shirt and, not in this shot, my husband was looking down from the bathroom, about the jump into the bath, pulling funny faces and posing nude for comedy effect (don't worry, I have no pics of that vision to show you, it's not that kind of blog).
So, over to you, if you have a minute, click on the linky and give me a link to your favourite quilt - and the other readers of this blog can blog hop a bit too and find some new inspiration as well as this giving me a chance to get to know you. Sheesh, the linky doesn't appear in preview so I'm going to have to click "publish post" and hope it appears then...