See the unicorn? That just happened. Because improv!
When I pulled colors for the Meadow workshop with Lizzy House last summer, I realized I loved them a whole lot. Like, more than one quilt's worth. I mostly cut strips from half yards and fat quarters for the Meadow quilt, and I had significant chunks left over. Instead of throwing them into my scrap bins, I sewed them together almost immediately! That's one way to cut down on scraps, right?
Here's the color scheme I chose for my Meadow quilt, from akula kreative. I arranged the colors in a general gradient fashion, different from the one in the image above. I have lots of tips and tricks for achieving this look; it's an exercise in both freedom and restraint. In fact, I tried to mimic mountains in sunset (hence the name) - do you see it?
Of course, I thoroughly enjoyed quilting on my domestic machine. Whenever I make a quilt I yearn to quilt something different (much like Spring Wind recently), so many of these motifs were new-to-me.
I can't say exactly what prompted each one, but I do love a good curvy line (above) and quilting all kinds of rainbows happens to be another personal favorite past time (below). My Pinterest board for FMQ usually serves as a great starting point. I quilted each color in a different motif to create another layer of interest. That Aurifil thread #2605 (Medium Gray) was just enough of a pop on this very saturated color scheme.
This quilt will serve as a sample for my newest workshop, the Landscape Quilt, coming soon to a quilt guild or shop near you! This kind of quilt can be made with any color scheme or from any photo, and would be a perfect gift or family quilt. Stay tuned for more info this weekend - I am SO EXCITED!
The sun was quite bright, but it always so beautifully illuminates quilting.
I didn't know that Mike, my ever-talented quilt photographer and husband, was coming around - after all, there was a quilt in my face. :)