Maybe you've been wondering what I've been up to.......or maybe not. Well I tell you that I've been designing and working on a new quilt called Emilie Elizabeth. Emilie Elizabeth was my maternal grandmother's name. Since she was the one who introduced me to quilting, I thought it was fitting to name a quilt after her.
I've had this idea for a medallion quilt for quite some time. I've made this center a couple of times but it just wasn't right color wise. Third time's a charm. The whole quilt is going to be blues, reds, dark golds....basically the colors in the center.
I'm going to The Potty Mouth Piecers quilting retreat which starts today, so yesterday I thought I would just select the fabrics and save all of the applique preparation for the retreat. The fabrics almost selected themselves, they were saying, "Me, me, me, use me!" I couldn't stop working on it and prepared all of the pieces yesterday.
I prepared the background piece over the weekend and had it ready for the applique. I tucked the little flange between the inner and outer fabrics and continued using the checked fabric in the ribbon and bow, giving it the effect of a twisted ribbon. You know me, I have to have a flange on my quilts.
By the end of the day, the little applique pieces were pinned to the background and ready for stitching during the Olympics. Look at all of the wonderful open space just waiting to be filled with machine quilting to enhance the design.
The rest of the quilt will be comprised of quilting components and blocks from my Patchwork Math book. I'm really excited about this one! It has to be an epic quilt, worthy of my grandmother's name. She was a wonderful woman. Although she faced many hardships in her life, she didn't let it bring her down. She always had a smile, a good nature, and she was the best grandma a little kid could wish for.
I've got to get everything pulled together for the retreat. It is in my friends incredible quilting studio up here in the mountains. I'll be quilting and eating there by day, and come home to enjoy my own bed at night. I'll post pictures of the retreat over the next couple of days so you can be part of the fun too.