Tuesday 19 June 2012

From A - Inspiration to Reality: A Swoon Quilt

I am a process crafter. Most of the time, I don't care whether a project ever gets finished. I make things because I want to try a new technique, see how something will come together, or just blow off some creative steam.

Because of this, I love learning about other people's creative process. How did they choose materials? What inspired them? What inspired the colour scheme? Since there must be others out there like me, I thought it wise to contribute to the "process" conversation by documenting my own.

After seeing countless renditions of Camille Roskelley's popular Swoon pattern, I decided that it was time to jump on the band wagon and give it a whirl figuring that my guest bedroom could use a nice quilt to spruce up the otherwise sparse decor.

Struggling with fabric choices, I turned to Design Seeds a.k.a. my absolute favourite source of colour inspiration and found this little gem.

I love the differing shades of purple from the softest lilac to the deepest plum set off against the cream with hints of grey and dusty green with just a hint of turquoise.

Then I found this quilt and fell totally in love with movement and sense of chaos created by using geometric prints in the outer star portion of each block.

I settled on these fabrics:

Yesterday I managed to finish my very first block. I am blown away by how much the relationship between the fabrics changed as they were cut and pieced together. Two fabrics that appeared to be relatively high contrast to me in fat quarter form really blended together when pieced. I really had to be careful with the positioning of the outer spokes of the star to try and maintain enough contrast.

Here's a better shot of the spokes.

Only 8 more to go!

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