This is one of my very early quilts, made from a pattern in Miniature Quilts way back in the early 90's. All of these little hearts are needle-turn appliqued and the seams are hand-pieced. At the time I didn't have enough pinks in my stash and the only pink fabric I could get at the nearby quilt shop wasn't nearly bright enough, but I got some anyway, rather than repeat a fabric. Now I easily have a hundred fabrics I could use in this quilt.
This was my first experience with Warm and Natural Cotton Batting and let me say I will never ever use it again, even if it has improved. It was a total misery from the very first stitch and boy did I ever regret being too lazy to unbaste and do it over again with a different batt. It would have saved me hours of work and much aching to have done that, but I wasn't smart enough. That's one of those learning experiences. What's really amazing is that I persisted with my initial plan and echo quilted in 1/4" increments out from the hearts and then in straight lines. Aiyee.
I actually made another one of these black fabric rectangles with different hot pink fabrics, but I was bored enough that I never even got the borders on it. It's become part of my orphan block quilt, which I really will get back to one of these days.
The free-hand fan tutorial is now up and running on Quiltville. There are even a couple of quilts in the gallery that have not yet appeared on this blog, as well as some oldies but goodies. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions for improvement. Thanks again go to the wondrous Bonnie.
Speaking of fans, I'm still plugging away on Cranky. I'm now in the middle of the top border, on my first go round.
I'm trying to decide what fabrics to use on my next project, a Valentine's Day quilt. It's for my sweetie pie, whom I adore but with whom I disagree completely re color, style, symmetry... So I know the colors should be toned down - nothing too wild. I've got some hot pinks I'd love to use with my black and white prints but don't think he'd go for that.
I could do a monochromatic pink and red thing. I actually have several LOVE quilts in those colors (sorry, I've got zero photos of those) and I do love that color scheme, but I've kind of been there, done that. Except I bought loads more fabric in pink/white, so maybe I should use them. Could do the usual "my" color route of black and pink and purple and blue but then when am I ever going to use these pink and white prints? heavy sigh.
Usually this is my favorite part of making a quilt. Maybe if I decide I'm making it for him but really for me, I can do whatever I want. ba ha ha ha. Kind of like when I buy him the kind of cookies he likes and then eat them all myself.