This week I have been working on a quilt that was inspired by the Jacaranda tree and in particular the silk screen print my brother-in-law did. The print has been sitting in my quilting room, waiting to be framed, and this week I thought the colours would work well for a quilt.
I played with the idea of purple with black & white fabrics, but felt I have been overusing my b/w stash. Instead I went with greys and choose a pattern that reminded me of a tree (but ended up looking like an arrow!). The end result of my test run was this collection of blocks.
I think I am going to have fun with this one. I have made some grey/grey blocks and some purple/purple blocks and can not wait to start playing with some random layouts. My husband wanted me to put some order into the layout – he is a science geek and loves there to be pattern, even if it is hidden. Me, I love random when I can get it. I think that is why I love scrap quilting so much, it allows for random in amongst the pattern.
The pattern is a free paper piecing pattern from Christine Thresh which can be found here. I just pulled the gif from the site and sized it up in Photoshop.
I also managed this weekend to finish a couple quilt tops that I had lying around. The first one is the 1001 Peeps top I started a last week. It was quick, easy and fun to make. Now all I have to do is quilt it and bind it.
The other top I finished was not so quick and easy… I have been trying to finish it for weeks. It was a little more fiddly than some of my other patterns but worth the effort. I still have to pull all the paper off the back but I have trained my husband up to help with this process, so it should be quick.
I am trying to train myself to not start a new project until I have finished one of my old ones. The question then becomes, does finishing a top count or do I only count quilted and bound projects?