Sometimes the quilting journey is even more enjoyable than the finished quilt, something I can definitely say of the Gossip Quilt. Placed out of sight for a few good weeks whilst I worked on other things, I returned to this quilt with fresh eyes and renewed enthusiasm. Creativity swayed the direction many times in the construction of the blocks as well as the final layout. You may remember my original plan was to have the top composed entirely of full log cabin blocks in the colours featured on the backing fabric. With my increasing love of negative the quilt top quickly took on a whole new look.
I agonised over the layout with this one, more than I have done with any other quilt I’ve made. I wanted to convey a sense of gossip, using the blocks as “tidbits” that were spreading and, much like gossip, becoming distorted in the telling. The layout I finally settled on came to me after some gratefully received Instagram advice. Never has a design wall been so useful! The final quilt top is a mash-up of several versions I posted pictures of and I’m so pleased with it. The weather here in Wales has been atrocious of late so I stole a few moments to photograph this outside during a lull in the rain. Recently, taking pictures of anything in the house has been a chore, owing to the abundance of grey gloom! The wind was trying to get the better of me but I was quick fingered on the shutter and ran back inside, pug and quilt top in my arms, before the clouds ripped open once more.
Now to order the batting and decide upon a quilting design…and a thread colour! In an ideal world there would be a variegated thread with these exact colours running through it. I’m off to have a look, but not before I link up with Lily’s Quilts for the small blog meet. You should all know the drill by now!