This quilt is one of my entries for the Canberra Quilters Exhibition so it needed a name (actually, I'm starting to think all quilts should have names). I'm calling it Finding Formation: Synchronised Swimming, since all those blues and greens make me think my geese might be swimming rather than flying.
It might sound weird, but because of this I feel like I had more creative input into this quilt than I have into other quilts I have worked on. One of the things about test sewing an unreleased pattern was that I hadn't seen versions of the pattern sewed up already, so was completely uninfluenced by others' interpretations. It was so much fun to attack a clean line drawing of the quilt with my coloured pencils and plan out just how I wanted it to look - I coloured up several versions before I decided. The finished pattern includes line drawings for each of the three sizes, which you can print out and colour yourself - I love this and wish every pattern had the same!
This was also the first time that I've made a quilt using a fabric 'pull' from my stash - other quilts have either been scrap vomit-y, so completely random, or sewed from precuts of a single range. The palette for this quilt was actually inspired by the block I sewed for my June #moderninstabee partner @poppinspatch - I loved her block so much I just had to make my own quilt from those colours!
This is a quilt that has really made me feel like 'a quilter'. Not only because I felt like I was exercising more 'creativity', but this is the first time I have basted and quilted a quilt (bigger than baby pram-sized) myself (are you noticing a pattern? - this is such a quilt of firsts!). Like I showed in my I Quilt post on Thursday, I went super simple with the quilting - lines approximately a quarter inch either side of some of the seams (my first time doing quilting that wasn't 'in the ditch'), zig-zagging out with the bow-tie shape of the geese.
As an aside, after my post on Thursday I was talking to a friend about how sometimes we just need to be brave and try something, and then it works out. I feel like I should confess here that last weekend when I was a bit nervous about getting started on this, I was totally inspired by another crafty friend I have who seems never to be afraid to try something new or challenging and who makes the most beautiful things (let's just call her @happyspider6 ;-)) - as I basted and quilted every time I thought 'oooh this isn't going to work' I reminded myself that she would have a go, and hers would be awesome. So thanks, lovely =)
I chose to bind in the same print from Kate Spain's Daydream range that I used for those orange geese. You can see the binding is pretty narrow and tight - almost like piping really - I wanted just enough to frame the top and make those orange geese pop a bit. The backing is a simple aqua spot on white - this is one of Spotlight's basics which they sell for about $7 a metre - next time they have a sale I'm stocking up on these because I do love a good spot!
And so that's my quilt. Like I said, I just love it. You can see more Finding Formation quilts on the Nightingale Quilts blog, and there are also versions popping up on Instagram under #findingformationquilt.
The pattern is available in the Nightingale Quilts Craftsy store and Etsy store.
And if the sneak peeks Caroline has been giving us on Instagram are anything to go by, there are more gorgeous patterns on the way soon!
Thanks again so much to Caroline for asking me to be a test sewer, and Michelle for all of the gorgeous photos in this post!