Last weekend we took a quick trip down to southern Rhode Island to see family and enjoy some spring sunshine. South County is a beautiful place, with beaches and farms mere miles apart. There’s a bike path that stretches from one to the other that I took every day; it is one of my favorite things about the area.
I took advantage of the sunshine to photograph some recent small quilts, making quick dashes out to the yard in the brief morning minutes when the wind died down.
I was thinking about flames when I made the red patchwork quilt, the way that they burn blue at the center and glow orange at the edges. This quilt glows! I needed to put it on a less sunny wall to capture the details of it. In full sun, without any filters, it’s blinding. It love how strong it is.
The blue quilt is softer – literally, it’s light as a feather – but more of a puzzle. It’s made of hand-dyed indigo fabrics, half-square triangles arranged until they sat right. I like contrast of the slightly blurred block prints and jagged corners; it’s more complicated but also more subtle.
And the bees…my first foray into paper piecing! The pattern is from Whole Circle Studio, and I spent a morning earlier this year learning how to paper piece it from Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill herself. It was humbling – who knew there were multiple ways to sew something backwards and upside down? – but the results are well worth it. I like the clean, strong lines and symmetry of this design but softened it up with a little stipple quilting.
So that’s my spring sewing! I’m knee-deep in work and writing projects, so the next time I log in here it will probably be about all things literary. Wishing you a positive and blooming spring!
Currently Reading: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (again!); A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles; Thrice the Brindled Cat Hath Mew’d by Alan Bradley
Currently Watching: The Vampire Diaries season 2 (yes, late the the party on this one); Sherlock season 4