For a quilter, you'd think my house would be full of quilts. Well it is, but not my own quilts. I always have a quilt loaded on the long arm that I'm working on. I also have several pieced tops hanging in a closet that include client quilts in the queue for quilting as well as charity quilts that I work in between my clients. And at any given time there might be two to five completed quilts hanging over my upstairs railing waiting for client pick ups. Of course I also have a joy of making quilts, but my quilts are usually gifts and given away. But now it is time to make one for the bed I share with my husband.
I last posted about my love of vintage fabrics. And I've been saving these former drapes made of barkcloth for just this project.
I bought these on eBay, and when they came, WOW did they stink! But nothing a little soap and water couldn't help, and a trip through the washing machine did wonders. Although nubbily textured, the fabric is soft and smooth. The colors are very mid-century in their design, and include coral and teal.
When it comes to piecing my own quilts, my personal style is to use the vintage fabric in combination with solids or very muted prints that can easily read as a solid. I want the vintage fabric to be the star. For this quilt, I fussy cut blocks from the bark cloth and outlined them with color from the pattern. Here's my first large piecing for the quilt:
I've used Kona solids, but also the Heath print from Alexander Henry. Although a quilting cotton, the Heath line is part of their home decor line of prints. I like it because it has a vintage feel as well and goes quite well with the barkcloth.
I find what I've started is simple in its design, but I think it works. And more importantly, I like it. This aesthetic is something I've definitely learned from the Modern Quilting movement, to embrace simplicity and minimalism. You can make an elegant quilt without repitition and a busy interaction of quilt blocks.
I'll continue to update my progress on this one.