Grassy Creek, a Bear and a Book
For several Thanksgiving/Chrismtas holiday seasons, Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville has graciously posted a mystery quilt. Each Friday and maybe a day or so extra she posts directions to complete units for a quilt she has designed. I’ve done all of them except the very first one.
They are always large which stretched the ability of my Gammill to quilt but I finished last year’s quilt this past week.
She uses paint chips as a method of choosing colors—and her colors are always (unless they involve teal/turquoise/aqua) quilt lovely together and there is a rush to the paint store to pick up those particular paint chips and then to the fabric store to buy fabrics.
With a wealth of fabric, I have not bought new—unless it is backing and definitely batting.
I pull out colors I think look okay together and depending on how much I have and how much she suggests, I put them into zip-lock bags and label them as the ‘new’ colors—it is a bit disconcerting for her to say start with your red–but my ‘red’ is blue. But this system seems to work fairly well for me.
These fabrics were the last of my ‘modern’ fabrics from my brief stint in the Modern Quilt Guild. They have now leaned toward traditional patterns with a graphic look from the 30’s and 40’s.
This quilt is now ready to be bound–and I will have it done before Thanksgiving weekend.
and here is a closeup
And because I had some backing and batting leftover I quilted some satin pieces—choir robe scraps and a covering for one of those Marble notebooks.
That backing–that rust with the spots–was fabric from my mother’s quilt shop days in the early 90’s. It looks modern though, doesn’t it?