In a previous article, quilt around the world, i was showing the procedure of making my landscape quilt-block to participate in a worldwide block-swap. Each participant then receives nine blocks (plus her very own) and can use them to create a quilt.
Quilt around the world – goal
With a bit of luck, the quilt then enters a traveling exhibition all around the world which would be very exiting, of course.
Block-swap group called “White-tailed Eagle”
All the participants are divided into groups. In this year the names of the groups were chosen to be an endangered specie. My group is called the “white-tailed eagle” which i found very nice.
The following ladies took part into the block-swap:
Andrea W. from a village in Hessen, Germany (block with street and flowers made from tussah)
Anke C. from Freising, Germany (bamboo appliqué)
Chrissie W. from Switzerland, (landscape with little cottage on a lake)
Jane P. from Washington D.C, USA (green block with squares in different colors)
Kirsten and Gudrun S. from Bonn, Germany (block with sunflower and blue and red flower)
Maggy T. from Luxembourg, Luxembourg (petals appliqé in rose, blue and green on fabric with tiny flowers)
Margarida B. from Granollers, Spain (paper-piecing flowers)
Shelby G. from Edmonton Alberta, Canada (snowball block with animals out of the forest)
Ursula H. from Saarlouis, Germany (green block with purple triangels)
Thoughts about quilting-design and colors
Because the quilt blocks already have very different designs I wanted to keep things simple for the whole quilt. That is the reason why I chose only squares, rectangles and stripes to build my quilt. The difficult thing was to assemble all the colors. There were some obstacles and it was rather difficult to find the perfect solution for a beautiful harmony. Days and months were passing by while I was arranging and re-arranging the blocks on my design-wall. Japanese fabric helped a lot to achieve the goal I was aiming for. They give the look of tranquillity and harmony and therefore they were destined to fullfill this task.
After sewing all block together my own block appeared a bit lost at the right corner below. I dedided to redo this part and I also chose another fabric for the background.
I absolutely love to stitch-in-the-ditch. Although it can be a bit annoying at times, but stitch-in-the-ditch keeps the whole quilt together nicely and is a great preparation for quilting the blocks afterwards. I did not want to quilt the blocks from the ladies in my group other then to stitch-in-the-ditch because I did not want to alienate them. Instead I quilted the blocks I have added. I have used the following techniques: rulerwork, thread-painting und free-motion-quilting. Some of them really do look beautiful with other designs I realized I do need more practice.
But: Nothing ventured, nothing gained!
It was important to me, not only choose the matching colors for the title “Back to Nature” but also choosing structures and shapes out of nature. For giving the quilt kind of a three-dimensional-ish look I quilted the fir trees in matching colors with Mettler Polysheen. It was rather difficult to find the correct thread tension and I think I would choose another thread next time, although Mettlers Polysheen has an unbeatable brilliance.
For the forest I have used the panel A Cardinal Christmas from Hoffman Fabrics. The snowflakes are metallic, giving a ravishing look to the panel. The different shades of colors are reinforcing the three-dimensional look which is of course stressed by doing some thread-painting.
For rulerwork I have used Angela Walters “Taj”. I bought my rulers on the European Patchwork Meeting in Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines. Unfortunately I haven’t seen Angela but you can read all about my journey here.
There has to be a bit of glamour too!
Free-Motion-Quilting and Binding
For the binding I added some piping. You will find a very nice tutorial about adding piping to your quilt on craftsy from Susan Cleveland. Even if it is a piece of work to add piping to the binding it definitely is worth the effort. I call it always “the cherry on the cake”. Also you can stress some of the colors of your quilt by adding piping.
For the back I have chosen a fabric with sunflowers, which is also matching the theme “back to nature”.
Concept and story behind the quilt
I made a concept for my quilt and I had a precise plan on how I would want my quilt to look like. In my opinion it is important to come up with a good plan before building a quilt. My quilt tells the story of a person who lives in a huge city and travels to new beginnings – the lakeside cabin. Because of the great block from Andrea (with the street) and the panel “Skylines” von Hoffman I could perfectly develop my story.
Through the forest one will arrive at the final destination “The Lakeside Cabin” (which is also the title of my quilt-block). On the way to the cabin you will also meet some deers and a fox. I was thinking for quite some time about the title to give to my quilt. There should be something in it which includes the jorney but also some kind of returning home after all. I then decided to give it the title “Homecoming” and i think the title is pretty perfect for my quilt and the story it is telling.