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!
I planned to update you on this yesterday. Alas, my internet connection had other ideas and I spent more time than I would have liked leaning over the back of the TV, unplugging the router and counting to 10. It’s pleasing to think that in our technology-filled lives, if all should overheat and blow a fuse, at least our trusty needle and thread will see us still sewing.
Despite the technical hitch, I’ve made steady progress on the Gossip Quilt, though I’m still a way off from completing the top. I spent most of yesterday and this morning piecing blocks, of which there are 30, each finishing at 12.5″ square I love the randomness and repetitiveness of this project – sew, press, trim, sew, press, trim…
When working on a block I start with a solid center (if you remember from this post, there are 4 solid colours as well as the text and monochromatic fabric) and then add the logs in rounds, squaring up after each set of 4. The center squares are all different sizes, as are the logs. I don’t procrastinate over which to use and tend to choose at random, though I do try and have mixture of prints and widths within each block. So far, I’ve only made pink ones; I have the blue solid cut up ready and will purchase the yellow and orange next week.
I was lucky enough to have these fat quarters gifted to me by a friend. She knows how crazy I am about fabric, which takes the guess work out of giving gifts!
Clockwise from left:
Timeless Treasures – School Handwriting in white, Timeless Treasures – Newspaper, Timeless Treasures – How to Make a Pillowcase, Timeless Treasures – Keep Calm in black
The people at Timeless Treasures really know how to make a great text fabric! The Keep Calm print could be used for so many blocks, left whole for a great quilt back or used to cover a pressing table.
These have already been cut into and will be sewn into blocks for the Gossip Quilt soon.
More fabric to share!
Clockwise from left:
Nevermore – Goth Bugs in white, Timeless Treasures – Barcode in white, Timeless Treasures – How to Iron a Shirt.
I’ve been collecting text fabrics for a while now. I’m planning to use them on a log cabin style quilt, along with some bright Kona solids. A lot of my other text prints have already been cut into, as well as a number of monochromatic, small-scale prints, in preparation for making the blocks. I’ve already started piecing and will be sharing some details and pictures soon