Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Eggplant inspiration

Food always inspires me :) I've been having fun with a quilting technique in a book called Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.

You'll have to buy the book yourself (highly recommended) if you want the details but the gist is you start with two each of 9 by 20 inch pieces of 8 different fabrics (in different shades or values of two colors, ideally). The center of the quilt is created from cutting the pieces into strips (freehand; no ruler) and randomly sewing those strips together. It's amazing to see the different unexpected color combinations from piecing it this way.

I used a lot of different fabric types in mine to keep it interesting: batik, shot cotton and dupioni silk. I also added freeform geometric quilting to add some texture.

You should try it! Did I mention it's addictive??

1 comment:

  1. Magnifiscent! Colors, layout, everything!I bought the book as I'm IN LOVE w/this quilt. Am using Americana red/white/blue colors....and something is not right? I cut strips from 1 to 3 inches wide of 8 different fabrics. Sewed together mixing widths...starting with smaller widths...and expanding...still working on it. But feel I'm not getting it? The pattern as described in the book. Many of your pieces do look wider. Can you enlighten me? LOVE the eggplant colors. I'll have to do another when I get it mentally together. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Jude