South County Bike Path

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.

red patchwork quilt

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.

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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.

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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