I took a little break from my shot cotton kick to make a quilt for an upcoming publication I’m partaking in. Per usual, the pattern came to me after a few days of constant, back-of-my-mind brainstorming. All of a sudden, I had a thought.
This wasn’t entirely out of the blue. I recently across these gorgeous quilts by Chabronico on Flickr. Love. Somehow, combining the oval motif with a brick roads patchwork evokes Candyland (did anyone else love that game?), so I’ve taken to referring to this as my jelly bean applique.
As tends to happen when I get a particular idea in my head, I had to try this out more than once.
Back to shot cottons, and a baby-sized quilt.
As you can see, I’m still exploring the combination of stripes and solids– bold new territory, folks.
On another note, it’s getting to be that crazy time of year– my husband’s graduation from business school, weddings, reunions, and even our first wedding anniversary. So I’ll admit I’m struggling a little bit to keep the balance, between devoting myself wholeheartedly to my quiltmaking and finding the time for… life. I’ll figure it out– I always do– but it’s worth mentioning. Sometimes I need that gentle reminder to take a step back and see the larger picture, which is certainly full of my passion for what I do, but rounded out and made so much more joyful by the wonderful people and celebratory times that accompany it.
Wishing you all the same.