My son went to Beirut, Lebanon in June 2022 to visit a friend. While there he wanted to bring me back a gift of fabric. All they had was upholstery fabric and he bought 4 yards. When he brought it home I thought it would make a great one block wonder. Well, the fabric is heavy, hard to work with. Seams don’t line up and are very thick. I got tired of it and I let it sit for months. My son kept asking when I was going to finish it. Well, I finally did. He’s happy and I’m happy it’s done.
Well, the picture looks very Christmasy but closer inspection it isn’t! This is another in the collections of older fabrics I recently acquired. This is also the first time I actually used ribbon candy quilting pattern. Something I’ve been opposed to because it seemed over used to me. But, the narrow border and the older fabrics really called for it.
I made Bookmarks for my niece, who is a professor of English. It is based on a pattern called Ribbon Box by Michelle Engel Bencsko. Quilting designs on figured fabric mimic the fabric design. Plain fabrics have other designs. Hand pieced, hand quilted, 55” x 65".
I had started the blocks for this quilt and then put it away for a bit. I took the pieces on a long trip with me but didn’t take along a finished block. When I got home again, I found I’d put the stars together the opposite way from how I’d started. You can see the two different ways at the bottom of the photo. I gave the quilt to a friend, who has since passed away. I don't know what happened to the quilt. Finished March 1984, hand stitched and hand quilted.
Each month we got another set of directions. I behaved for the first few rounds, but then I went rouge! Did finish with their last directions. My card trick was hard as of course it didn’t include the weird size I needed. Again did some outline to make the piecing stand out and filled in all the background with a small meander.
Saw this in the Love of Quilting March/April 2023 and thought these older fabrics would make up really well. It went to gather really well. The long curvy white spaces really called for feathers. Which I then echoed and filled in the leftover spaces with pebbles. All piecing is outlined to make it poof. I seem to be on a make the pieces poof quilting style. Just really like how it makes it all stand out.