Back in the Fall, Jacquie and the gals from the Mira Stitch 'N Post, a LQS located about an hour away, came to town for a weekend and set up shop at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre. They offered several workshops and brought a huge selection of fabrics, sewing machines, and notions. In addition to their always economically priced fabrics, they had a huge table of fabrics at even further discounted prices. I sure had fun adding to my stash!
I signed up for their Saturday workshop to make a "braided" quilt using jelly rolls and the Hex N More ruler that they sell in their shop. I have such a large fabric stash that I decided to use fabrics I already had, choosing a large variety of teals, aquas, greens, and lights, cutting them in 2.5" strips and then using the ruler to cut the shapes.
This ruler is awesome! It has so many uses that I know I will use it again. In no time at all, I had lots of half-hex shapes cut and ready to sew.
The braids are slightly addictive. They start out short..
and then they grow...
and grow some more!
I wanted the colours to pop so used a solid Kona white for the sashing.
As you can see, the quilt had grown by leaps and bounds and was outgrowing my design "floor"!
It was time for the borders. I had two goals with this quilt: I wanted it to be bed-sized and I wanted to highlight the teals. I liked that the greens were adding some contrast, yet I wanted the overall color impact to be teal. Because of this, I chose a stripey (is that a word?) light teal first and bordered that with my favorite large-print teal.
The result is "A Breath of Fresh Air", a semi-planned scrappy quilt that promises warmer and sunnier days ahead. The quilt finishes at 75" x 100", a great size for a "summer" bed quilt. Thankfully, Woodworker Hubby cleared a path on the deck from this week's load of snow so I could get to the clothesline and take a few pics.
"A Breath of Fresh Air" is now ready for the next step. Hope you enjoyed this week's show and tell. Thanks so much for dropping by for a visit. It's a great day for quilting!