Hi there ! If you are visiting my blog for the first time while touring the Blogger's Quilt Festival, welcome!
The quilt I'm sharing is a recent finish, so those of you that are not new to my blog will recognize it as my Orange Twirl quilt. It measures 71" x 90" and started out as a way to use up some leftover orange fabrics from another quilt and try a new block design.
Little did I know that this simple block and playing with fabric values in orange would captivate me! The more blocks I made, the more I fell in love with this design. It didn't take me long to realize that I would like to make the quilt bed-sized. That presented a problem. I needed to keep the values contrasting in the quilt, but my collection of orange fabrics was getting slim. That's when some wonderful blogging friends stepped in to help me out. I think of their generosity as "Orange-Aid" and their kind help, made my quilt more lovely than I had imagined.
My next challenge turned out to be my quilting.
I knew from the start how I wanted to free motion quilt, but once I was underway, I started having second thoughts. I guess it was a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees. ;o)
Instead of ripping out all my stitches, I walked away from it.
The next day I was able to look at it with fresh eyes and
I realized the swirly quilting wasn't quite as disappointing as I first thought.
Sometimes, as was the case with this quilt, it's the fabrics that take center stage, not the quilting... and that's good.
The rest of the quilt came together smoothly.
Using a stripe fabric for the backing was a first for me. Using dots for the binding... was not a first, but is always a favourite.
I would never have guessed that my initial motivations (where's the risk in using leftovers to try a new block, right? ;o) would result in a quilt that makes me smile every time I look at it and give me a whole new outlook on a colour that I used to overlook.
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