Abundance, 12¼" x 12¼"
I've finished my little quilt from Lori D.'s Abundance quiltalong. My experience is that remaking a vintage quilt from the stash is a good exercise. What guides fabric choices? Colors? Visual pattern? Historical print accurancy? For me, this time, I decided to just try to visually replicate the original as close as I could from the stash. So you'll find some 19th century repros as well as pink toile and a light blue 30s print. All in all, I'm pretty happy with it.
When I try to lighten up my photos a bit, that blue seems to electrify, so here's a close-up of the prints which is pretty true to color. That corner pink print is an Ely & Walker calico which was one of the very first fabrics I ever had in my stash. In fact, I guess you could say that it and several companion prints were the start of my quilting stash, in 1975.
I've never incorporated corner pockets onto a small quilt before so I tried them out on this. What a great idea ~ so quick and neat! I had a small piece of tiny dowel rod in with my craft supplies, so thin it's almost a skewer. How convenient to have it immediately ready to hang when the last binding stitch is finished.
I've been fooling around with some quirky lettering recently and decided to incorporate some into my label for the back. I think it fits the style of the patchwork nicely!
While working on it, I was thinking how, since it's so small, it would be fun to make several versions at the same time ~ perhaps sticking to the color theme, but making one in all repro prints, one as a 30's version and one in contemporary fabrics. Maybe next challenge. Too many ideas, not enough time!
If you've never participated in any of these projects, I'd encourage you to try one. Lori's, especially, are clearly explained, well-paced and easy enough for most quilters. You've probably seen a number of 'Abundance' quilts popping up over the last week or two on the blogs and Lori will be hosting a link page sometime this week on Humble Quilts. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's versions!