Thursday, June 2, 2011

Fighting the white fright

I really love the modern quilts with clear prints and lots of white. I think they look fresh and pretty and lovely. But every time I sit down to make one, I veer away. For some reason I have difficulty in using great chunks of white or cream. I think it's because I started quilting in the 1980s, and there was really only one choice - a selection of matching pastel or country prints together with a "background" fabric. Acres of quilters muslin or unbleached calico to be hand-quilted with a feathered wreath.

But it's time I got over it. So I chose a nice simple block that I hadn't made before (Bowtie), some plain white and a selection of pretty prints in pink(ish) and yellow(ish). The photos show a bit more yellow than the reality. The blocks went together wonderfully easily, and this is the layout of the blocks. The quilt will probably finish about 55", so toddler-sized. I'll do a white border too just to make perfectly sure my phobia is cured! Is this aversion therapy?

The next question is the quilting - I like the closely-spaced horizontal lines that people do. But I also like the ornate swirls, and all that white might call for something a bit fancy. More thinking needed.

1 comment:

  1. Lovely quilt Lynley, I hope it got you over your white phobia!! Mmm lovely swirls or even flowers? It is going to be a great quilt. xo