I recently packed up my Sessoms throw to send to my new friends at Intown Quilters in Decatur, Georgia. She’ll be hanging there proudly for the next few weeks while they host what sounds like will be a super fun shop hop. Wish I could go too!
In honor of her special trip I thought I’d share a little bit about the process of making her.
I knew I wanted a lattice-like design and liked the idea of using bright and colorful fabrics. Awhile back, I read a tip to cut 2-1/2″ strips from fabrics as you buy them to create your own personal stash of pre-cuts, which I thought of as a space-saving way to horde fabrics that I loved. I also figured that saving small bits of my favorites would come in handy in future projects. That ended up to be true when it came time for this one. I had so many options that it was easy to find exactly what I wanted. I then tried out several solid fabrics for the background before settling on this particular blue. The color gradation was honestly an afterthought. I’d been working through my fabrics (in a fit of o.c.d) based on color, but liked how the effect started to play out as the quilt grew. My stream-of-consciousness quilting approach was both for the sake of entertainment and for trying new things. I wanted heavy quilting in the solid areas to emphasize the design and to promote fullness in the colored parts. The binding came together with leftovers from my strips and some fresh cuts of the blue. And that’s pretty much how she came to be.
If I had kids, I guess this would be like sending one off to camp. I stamped out a new label so she doesn’t forget who she is or where she came from.
Safe travels, Sessoms! I hope you make lots of new friends.