Not sure where the idea for this quilt came from. At some point I decided I wanted to use some of my beautiful low volume fabrics and the soft aquas fabrics, but beyond that, I had no clue. Except lately I've been really drawn to all the cool plus quilts that I've been seeing on blogs, in magazines, etc.. And also I've developed a passion for pinwheels, so this quilt was born.
The reason I'm entering into the machine quilted category is because this was really quite a challenge to quilt - there's so much blank white space, and well, I just looked at it and freaked out a little. I started with the pinwheels and the low volume pluses - that idea came fairly easily and I was pleased with it. Next was the small squares. I even had difficulty deciding what color thread to use - white made sense, but i had used gold and that seemed like a decent, but scary idea. But no design could think of really excited me. I decided I was over-thinking it, so I just went with my first idea. I quilted three of them before I decided I couldn't live with what I'd done there, so out came Clover, my best seam ripper. When I tried my second idea -the radiating lines, it immediately seems right. but suddenly the quilt started looking sort of Art Deco to me, which wasn't the original vision I had for it at all. Lacking a better idea and not unpleased with the results, I continued on and finished them.
Now I had to confront the white spaces around the quilt. Yikes, really yikes. I could not think of any design whatsoever that I thought would work. I kind of wanted to keep it minimal, but that wouldn't work with the rest of the piece. Anyway, I finally literally just stared quilting, and this is the result.
I think it works pretty well, too.
I definitely learned something in the making of this piece, and I'm definitely pleased with it. Even though it turned out pretty differently than I originally intended, I feel like I went with the creative spirit and it took me to the right place.