It finally feels like Spring around here and I’ve got a new quilt to celebrate the season. It's inspired by Marian Edwards, whose beautiful blog is a must read for anyone interested in antique and reproduction quilts, especially of the small variety.
Marian made her little quilt with bits and pieces left over from other quilt projects. I had similar bits lying around my own sewing room:
a single Dresden Plate block,
a couple appliquéd flower blocks,
and some strips of 1930's style fabric.
These bits were left over from classes I'd taken or taught. If you make a lot of class samples or demo blocks, why not fashion them from similar styles of fabric? That way, they can be used together in another project, rather than collect dust in your sewing space. My choice of 1930's fabrics was a simple one; anything made with this cheerful palette of colors goes together.
Kathy Smith used my pieces to create a miniature 1930's style sampler quilt. Of course, she had to add quite a bit to the remnants I gave her, but what a worthwhile effort it was! She brought new life to what certainly would have remained useless scraps, if left in my care.
Kathy hand quilted simple designs, reminiscent of 1930's quilts.
I hope Spring has sprung where you live and that it inspires you to make something fresh and new.