Designing quilts is the thing I like to do best of all. Along with making them and writing up the pattern. Those three things keep me happily occupied in all the spare time I can get my hands on. Dashwood Studio asked me to design and make a couple of quilts from two of their new lines, Wildwood and Annali. Because my head is full of romantic nonsense, the palette in the Wildwood line, made me think of native american or navajo images and that led me to this design.
Which turned into this quilt. Which I quilted densely with horizontal lines using a white Aurifil 50wt - which gave the quilt (in my head anyway) the feel of a native american rug.
And the leaves and natural shapes in the Annali line made me think of natural shapes and I came up with these simple leaves.
I was going to quilt veins on the leaves to make them more leafy but, when I gave it a trial run, it really looked very amateur hour and took away from the simplicity of the design so I did a spot of unpicking and gave up on that idea. So I doubled up the quilting I'd already done which was a diagonal cross hatch using cream Aurifil 50wt which is pretty much my favourite quilting (at least my favourite within my own limited quilting powers).
And then I added a final little detail to both quilts which is a strip of selvedge in the binding. I've been asked to do a tutorial on this little detail and I will do once I have mastered the art. In the meantime, it seems to involve an excessive amount of sewing, unpicking, re-sewing, cutting too short, unpicking, re-sewing and possibly a few choice swear words along the way. It's like the maths of this simple little step defeats me at every turn.