This quilt is super fun to piece, and I'm loving these fabric so much. I know I use a lot of blue and teal, but I can't really help myself. Its hard to see in this photo, but I think overall some stripe patterns will emerge more predominantly. I'm not sure how other people usually work tumbling blocks patterns, but I'm finding in strips is working best for me.
Pulled together a bunch of Tim's old shirts along with a little Amy Butler and my new favorite railroad stripes from Rober Kaufman. Since working on the 30 degree triangles, I'm ready to tackle a tumbling blocks quilt. I'd love to make it all blocks no border, but we'll see if I can stick to that plan.
I've learned reading a bit more about historical quilts that my hand quilting is not what you might consider "fine". Usually I stitch right around 6 stitches per inch. I can't quite wrap my mind around how to get to 10 stitches per inch, but I've been working on my stitching a bit on a pillow cover I've got in progress. I've made it to about 7 stitches per inch, and I think I won't be able to get much finer with the wool batting. I'll give even finer a try with some cotton batting very soon.
West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers: Echos from the Hills has been my latest reading material. Nothing particularly attracted me to West Virginia quilters until I flipped through this book admiring the quilts within. I had to have it just for inspiration, but I actually learned a great deal reading the text. The connections and personal histories of the quilters who made the quilts within is endlessly interesting, but I'm surprised how much technical knowledge I gleaned from it as well.
This is one of the many in progress projects lying around the studio these days. I won't be adding any borders or other shapes to this quilt top, just lots and lots of triangles. I usually prefer and enjoy working with blocks, so this is a bit of a change of pace. Without large areas to feature hand quilting, I'm not sure quite how I'll quilt this. A bit of randomization might be a fun experiment considering the dancing, random look these triangles give.