But you know how it is, so many fabrics, so little time! Some of you even professed that the Hanky Panky is your most favourite quilt of all those I've made so far (currently totalling 40ish, to allow for WIPs). Wowee!
Then I realised that I'd failed to show you one of the contenders, finished a few weeks ago. How could you be sure Hanky Panky was your favourite if you hadn't seen this one?
Completely different in style, with this quilt I finally made a quilt which falls into my favourite category: "a 1930's style quilt using bright fabrics of the period (repro) with lots of white". I always admire these but I never put much white in my quilts. Who knows why? So I attacked my (ahem) quite extensive stash of 1930's reproduction cottons and set about making this quilt. The block is simple enough although it wasn't until I'd merrily made 120 of them and came to piece the top together that I realised the real skill lay in the accuracy, getting all those points which stand out so well against the white (t'riffic), to join nicely together.
I made the quilt larger than the one in the book as I wanted it to be big enough to go on our bed. Behold, the un-named-is-it-a-contender? quilt!
The pattern came from this book. I LOVE this book! Most of the designs in it are actually executed in not-so-pretty (in my opinion) fabrics but the designs are really different (without looking too hard to execute) and I knew as soon as I saw the book, that I'd actually want to make them (rather than just being "inspired" by the book which is more my usual thing). As you can see, the design of the quilt I made is on the front cover, it's my favourite. The book suggests using 2.5" strips of fabric (jelly rolls if you must), but I just cut my own from my stash.
The back is also a beauty, I think. I snapped up some Cath K fabric with pretty rosebuds on it in the John Lewis sale for half price (why oh why did I not buy more?) and in order to make the backing wide enough, pieced in a strip of 1930's repro fabric squares. The quilt has my fave 70/30 cotton blend batting and plain 1930's style green binding. The quilting (in the ditch) simply followed the outline of the coloured "flowers".
So what do you think then? Is it a contender?
Someone seems to think so!
(This photo above shows the true pretty colours of this quilt better than the others. Such unco-operative weather today, tut-tut.)
Personally, I prefer it to the Hanky Panky Quilt but am unconvinced that it eclipses the Spangled Spiderweb Quilt (so precious it hangs on the wall with strict instructions that it is not to be used!)
This quilt, we are enjoying for ourselves for once. In the book, it is called "The Picnic Quilt" but I have already made one of my own design called that, and as this isn't to be used for picnics, I need a different name. For now, it's in my quilts list in my sidebar as "30s Flowers Quilt" but if you have a better idea, do feel free to share!