FootHills Quilt - Beginning

I stumbled upon this quiltalong, and was instantly interested.  It's taking an antique quilt and remaking it, which I always love the concept of.  Go here and here to read all the details. 

Here's the great thing about this quilt.  I had already decided to make this quilt, but hadn't read any details about it.  It struck me as interesting that it was called the FootHills quilt.  I live 1 1/2 hours from the Rocky Mountains in Central Alberta, and the area between our prairies and these mountains is known as the Foothills.  I figured  that 'foothills' is maybe a common name for this type of country.  And then reading into it, I realized that this quilt actually is from Alberta!  The maker and exact location is unknown, so that means it could have been sewn in any old farmhouse I see around me as I drive down the road!  This is quite thrilling to me, as the quilt history in this part of the world is not very plentiful. 

So it seems I for sure must make a quilt like this:)  I've started in, and feel a bit stalled.  Not just loving my blocks... my idea immediately is that I wanted to emphasize the geese blocks going up and down so they would be mostly dark values, and the remaining pieces would all be medium to light values.  I'm hoping once I get a few more blocks made, and add the sashing, it will all come together.

Purple Plus Quilt

Compared to the other colors in my fabric stash, my stack of purples is quite small.  I've often looked at it though, and thought it would make a fun quilt with all of them together.  Even though they're so varied in hue and saturation, I still thought they would play well together. 

I have also wanted to make another plus quilt like this one that I made a few years ago.  I really enjoyed making that one and liked how it turned out. 

So each of my purple prints are used at least once or twice in this little quilt.  It is a unique color scheme, but hopefully it works for someone out there!

I used a Kaffe Fassett Shot Cotton on the back, and Liberty of London prints for the binding.  Both of these types of fabric are a slightly lighter, silkier feel than typical cotton and make a subtle difference in the drape and lightness of the finished quilt.  (I always am amazed how using a voile or lawn (like Liberty), or a Shot Cotton, on the back of the quilt makes it just a bit softer. 

I thought I'd add a little diagram of how I put this quilt together.  I find it easier to make an improv (ish)  quilt like this when I have sections to work in.  I can trim these sections to fit together so I don't end up with wrinkly wonkiness.  

I started out thinking I would just do horizontal rows, each a slightly different height.  But on my second row I ended up splitting section 3 and 4, which gives it less of a 'rows' look.  You could do this in any places you want to in your quilt.  If you're not used to piecing in this way, you might find it helpful to draw out a rough diagram like this, with approximate dimensions.  (you can always add or trim later!).

Checkerboard Nine Patch Quilt

Just a simple nine patch baby quilt.  Colors were inspired by the backing fabric, which is a Japanese double gauze.  It is all solids except for one white and black polka dot block.

So simple, but quite effective I think!

Fibs and Fables Herringbone Quilt

A very old Work In Progress.  Most happy to have it completed.  I made it in the Quilt As You Go style, which was not prudent.  These long strips of bias fabrics were not enjoyable.  It caused a bit of wobbling and stretching when sewing the final rows together.  Now that it is completed, I am starting to like it again! 

This Fibs n Fables collection by Anna Maria Horner has vibrant fanciful colors and designs.  My herringbone strips are quite improv, which is subtle, but when seen as a whole quilt, gives it a personality I like.  (by this I mean that the pieces are not all at the same angle.  I just layed each next strip down as I pleased and sewed it on. 

The background fabric is a bone colored solid, which gives it a richer feeling than a pure white.  The backing is a large piece of light colored fabric from this same collection, then a pieced strip with all my leftovers set in rainbow order (my secret fave part of the quilt).  And then a bunch of burgundies at the bottom to finish it off.  The back seems lightly quilted compared to the front, because of using this QAYG method. 

Again my quilting lines did not line up perfectly on the back with my piecing.  Is this a careless stage I've been going through:)?  Although today I happened upon some photos of quilts by a quilt 'artist' whose work I admire.  I noticed that her quilting lines were unapologetically crooked, and she was embracing it, and selling her quilts for a healthy price.  Hmmm....  maybe I do need a slight adjusting in my acceptance of my own mistakes. 

I think I am slightly paralyzed by getting a bad review on Etsy, although I never have.  I always imagine someone very persnickety buying one of my quilts and being appalled by some minute issue and leaving me scathing criticism...