One of the most popular quilts, it seems, out there in the online quilting world is "Swoon" designed by Camille Roskelley. In January, here was a flickr group set up for folks to "quilt along" this lovely, lovely quilt. I wanted to join but I made my version last fall. Here it is:
The groups continued on, quilting along with some of Camille's new patterns, "On a Whim" and "Hopscotch". Many are still doing "Swoon" and that is okay, it is a very easy going and relaxed group.
I decided I wanted to try "On a Whim".
I had grabbed a few Civil War Reproduction fat quarters last fall after viewing some beautiful quilts made entirely from reproductions at a quilt show. And my LQS carries a lot of them, so the repeated exposure was doing its magic on me. "On a Whim" has a real antique feel to it, so I thought it might look nice in these fabrics. I just needed some more fat quarters to round out my collection for the quilt. I made a trip (on my own, wheeee!) to a friend's place a few hours from here in the spring and stopped at quilt shops along the way (squee!). Got some more fat quarters. Then I went to another quilt show and a local shop there was having a humongous sale. They had several selections of reproductions in yardage for super cheap. AND at the show itself, a wonderful little shop, Prairie Quilt Mercantile, was offering little plastic bags we could stuff with reproduction scraps for $5!!. And it wasn't just scraps! There were half meters and fat quarters and strips.... I made that little bag stretch and probably managed to get almost 2 meters in there!
So that is where my little collection of civil war prints came from if you cared at all! And here is what I turned them into:
After quilting. I took this picture in the afternoon in the shade, so the colours aren't very true. The one above it is most accurate.
So I stippled it. I know, I am *so* creative! But it is a big quilt, biggest I've ever free motioned! I do have a few wee puckers on the back. But I used a white sheet, so no one will look at it anyways right? I AM happy with how the top turned out. And I LOVE the texture allover stippling gives!
And yesterday I finished binding! Love a stripy binding. This fabric was from Prairie Quilt Mercantile.
And now it lives on one of my couches.