It's friday and I have a finish to share. A bit of a long story...
Sandy Klop of American Jane was one of the first designers I fell in love with when I started quilting. The colors and retro feel of her fabric lines was so playful and plain irresistible ; )
So I started collecting charm packs: Peas and Carrots, Wee play, Recess and Punctuation. The first one ended up in my first charm quilt on a rainy day with some other favorites including Katie Jump Rope by Denyse Schmidt.
Anyway, I wanted to make a hourglass quilt using these next three charm packs from Sandy Klop. So I paired them with some white solid and got to work:
first layout: quite busy to the eye?
At this stage I sewed 9 hourglasses together into a block and started reviewing different options:
second layout: grouping the blocks with sashing?
third layout: checkerboard?
At this point I decided to divide the blocks in two quilts, one frame (layout 4)and one on bay(layout 5):
I think this is when the two tops were put away for some time. Until one day I had another idea:
sixth layout: an offset, asymmetrical frame
My first plan was to add a girl (see tutorial in the side bar). In the end I decided to make a big hourglass:
And here it is, my playtime finishes at 48" by 60", long arm quilted on quilters dream select cotton batting.
The back is from her latest collection, School Days. I think it's good to pair the lively front with a more quiet back. And I was lucky to have just enough left of the red stripe binding to frame it. Just love this print, it's the perfect binding option.
Long story, happy ending...
Sometimes it takes a while. Including a bit of shelf time. Now I am falling in love again. And I think I might have an idea on what to make from those precious Sandy Klop jelly rolls that have been maturing in my stash...
Wish you all a good weekend!