29 Oct Blogger’s Quilt Festival
My entry in the Festival is called “Holly Street.” It is a Christmas version of my Third Street quilt which was done in black and white. I chose this quilt for the Festival because it makes me smile and think.
I had a lot of fun making this table runner, but it felt like a departure from my usual style! I wanted to make the runner in Christmas colors using a fat quarter bundle that I had fallen in love with at a local quilt shop (Nancy Halvorsen’s “Tidings” line). As I was working on the blocks, adding the rickrack popped into my head. I thought “You can’t put rickrack on a quilt! That would be way too cute and you don’t do cute!” However, I was too excited about the rickrack to listen to myself.
I have spent a lot of time over the past few years, trying to figure out what kinds of quilts I like best and what quilts I want to make. The quilts I like cover a wide variety of eras and construction techniques. After looking at hundreds (thousands?) of quilts and images of quilts, I figured out what quilts really spoke to me and where to head in my quiltmaking journey.
So, I am very happy that I have found a quilting style that suits me. Keeping some of the elements of my style in mind helps me when I am designing a quilt and it isn’t looking quite right. It can really provide direction. In spite of these thoughts, I am glad to see that I don’t have to stick to that style all the time.
That rickrack still makes me smile every time I look at it!