Squeeeeee!!! Can it be true? I’m finally finally FINALLY going to International Quilt Market in 2 weeks! (You can’t tell I’m excited, can you?)
Quilt Market…ahhhhh…every year, every season, I drool over photos plastered all over the web of decked out booths, exciting new projects, and of course star-studded spottings of my favorite quilty celebs. It’s THE event…a massive, completely overwhelming gathering of not just the fabric obssessed, no, but the QUILT OBSESSED. Does it get any better? I think not.
Well this is my year. Credentials. Check. Glossy brochures. Check. Enough super-cool outfits to last me 4 days? I don’t know about that last one, but…um, did I mention I have brochures?
But what’s really sending me over the moon? I’m going to have a quilt hanging in the Windham Fabrics booth! Eeek! Now THAT’S exciting.
My quilt is helping promote a collection called Lulu by Another Point of View, and it’s so funny because when I received the fabric samples and designed this quilt, I didn’t know who the designer was, but it turned out to be SO serendipitous…my design has everything to do with point of view.
I wish I had a better pic of it to show you here (quilting and binding this week were like a crazy whirlwind, and now it’s dark and I have no respectable photos…but you get the idea). Anyway, this quilt can be looked at in several different ways…bit of a Magic Eye effect. You could focus on the bright alternating rectangles in the Lulu print…that’s what my eye goes to first. Or you could focus on the white rectangle lattice- the chain link-type pattern. OR, if you kinda squint, and let the white float up a bit…look past it, and you’ll see what the birds see when they soar over the Midwestern farmland…a patchwork of fields, or squares in this case. I like that view best, so I’ve named this quilt “Bird’s Eye View.” Anyway, so when I found out that the fabric designer was Another Point of View, I knew this quilt was meant to be!
The back is an experiment in all things organic and improv. I was determined to use up as much of the Lulu fabric as I possibly could, but alas, my scraps were anything but large. Definitely no decent back-sized pieces. But rather than whip out a solid, or something from another line (eek!), I decided to throw caution to the wind and get scrappy. I laid out all of my scraps on the quilt top and just started playing with them…moving them around, until I came up with a loose “plan.” It was more like working a puzzle than quilting, to be honest, and I didn’t even stop to do much trimming or pressing! It was actually crazy fun. I stitched the patches, then the sections together, to create a really dynamic, perhaps a bit dizzying, but definitely not lacking in originality, totally funky backing.
Aaaaand, I wish I had a finished photo of it to show you at the moment!!! Shucks. I’ll post more about this quilt once I take some pretty pics tomorrow.
Well that’s my Market excitement in a nutshell. I’ll keep you posted!