The children have gone to their father’s for Christmas, and I am seizing the opportunity, greedily, for some ‘me’ time. I got a rather fabulous new job this year, which has meant a lot more commuting than I did previously, and that in turn has meant that I don’t have a huge amount of time for sewing, knitting, crochet, relaxing. So my creative synapses are beginning to feel a little furred up. Underused. The chance to spend a week by myself, relaxing and crafting seemed too good an opportunity to miss.
So far, I’ve added the border I mentioned to the Japanese Geek Quilt I made in August. No pictures, yet. I’ll wait until I’ve basted and quilted, for that.
But the main thing I want to do is a wedding quilt. My lovely sister got married in 2004, and I promised to make her a wedding quilt. I intended to do a combination of the classic double wedding ring and New York beauty patterns, but with the benefit of hindsight, that was a bit beyond my technical ability (or ability to concentrate!) back then. So the quilt was started, but never finished. I did some more work on it the following year, but by then I’d gone back to work and didn’t have the necessary time to give it. So – long story short – I’ve never finished my sister’s wedding present quilt. I intend to put that right. I have, finally, abandoned the idea of an ambitious quilt, and intend to do something much simpler. But until last night, I didn’t really know what. I could knock up a variation on a strippy quilt in the blink of an eye, but I’ve done lots of strippies, recently, and wanted to do something rather different. The thing I’ve most enjoyed making, recently, was the granny quilt, and so doing something with triangles rather appealed. Technical enough to be interesting, but quick to put together.
I’ve been watching Homeland, this last few weeks. Last night was the season two series finale, much of which was set in a cabin in the woods. Hanging on the living room wall was a quilt. A flying geese quilt. And I thought, hmmm…. I could do something like that. I quite like the idea of flying geese. But they’re a bit busy, organised the way they are in the link. Sissy and her husband are more, um, subdued and restful than that. So I got to thinking. And then I did a bit of drawing. And I reckon something built around a 9″ square block like this one might be interesting. But with lots of plain white. Or at least, lots of white on white. Different whites, I think – not all one, plain and calm fabric.
And then I wondered how they might be arranged… because technically this is more like half square triangles than flying geese. And I wanted to avoid the busy-ness thing. And, you know, it’s good to have a plan before you start. So I did some doodling. I think the squares will be arranged in blocks of 4, separated by a 3″ sashing, at each corner of which will be a (probably single colour across the face of the quilt) 3″ square. The blocks of 4 triangle squares will be in different fabrics, but follow a muted green/blue/purple colour scheme, and the little squares which, in my head, are anchors, will be bright. This (on the left) is my design sketch for this. The shaded big white squares are my triangular blocks, the plain ones are my white on white blocks, and the red squares are my anchors. Which may or may not be red. I don’t know.
Anyway, it’s a lot of thinking and quite a bit of calculation. And inevitably, there will be an error in it, somewhere, which will mean the design has to be adapted on the hoof. But I’ve measured and made templates for my triangles, reminded myself how to make quick and easy flying geese, and will try a test square in the morning.
Tomorrow, I’m planning to take the dogs up to the peak district, whether permitting. But this should, hopefully, be well under way by the time the kids get home.
I’ll keep you posted!