Amy from Amy's Creative Side is hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival, and this is the first time I've joined in. I have really enjoyed looking at the beautiful quilts that people have chosen for this festival, there are so many creative and amazing people in the world, and we are so lucky to be able to see their work.
This is the first quilt in which I used pre-cut strips, in fact it's the only quilt I've used pre-cut strips. I have a love hate relationship with jelly rolls. They always looks so inviting and beautiful until they are opened and then they slump into a mass of floppy strips. I have a few more rolls in my stash, waiting to be used.
When I returned to quilting from a very long break, this was the first roll I bought, Japanese indigo fabric from my local quilt shop. I separated the strips into two piles, indigo and cream/off white and indigo/multi coloured.
The indigo/off-white strips were used on the front and the muti coloured ones were incorporated in the pieced back. I used a template from the book "East Quilts West" by Kumiko Sudo for the applique flowers.
This quilt has been very frustrating to photograph as it changes colour in practically every shot, sometimes looking, grey often purple and occasionally indigo The reds can change from orange to a deep red. Thanks to my blog friends I persevered and finished it. I learnt that basting is an essential part of quilting and you can never have enough pins ( I should have used more) and I should have quilted each line from the alternate side to stop buckling and ripples. It's not perfect, but I'm very happy with it.
The back, the indigo/multi coloured strips were pieced into the middle strip.
Every quilt has to have the final stamp of approval.