I did not go to QuiltCon, but my mother-in-law did. She just happened to be visiting a friend in Austin (who happens to be a quilter) and happened to plan the trip for the week of Quilt Con. True story. I'm not being sarcastic here. She told me she was going to Austin and that there was some sort of quilt show going on then that her friend was planning to take her to. I'm not (yet) a quilter, but I am completely inspired by the modern quilt movement (see my modern quilt inspiration board on Pinterest) and I would have loved to take some of the amazing classes that were offered at QuiltCon, as well as see the fabulous quilts on display. I wasn't able to go with my mother-in-law, though, so, of course, I sent her on a mission for fabric!
I specifically asked for a couple of fabric lines that had not yet been released in stores. In particular, I was interested in this line: Comma, by Zen Chic (aka Brigitte Heitland) for Moda. I love the bold graphics and the color palette. Happily (for me!), she was able to bring me a charm pack. (Yay for nice mother-in-law's!) As soon as I had the chance, I started laying out the squares to see what I could do with them.
Since then, I've come up with a design for a very simple cross quilt (inspired by this quilt top) which uses the charm squares themselves (no cutting!) as the pieces. This will be a new throw quilt (54" x 72") to keep on/near our sofa (along with the beautiful house quilt my mom made for us years ago). My goal is to keep this simple so I can piece it quickly, then get to the quilting of the thing and actually finish it! It will be my first real quilt (as opposed to a quilted project), and I want to be able to get it done, rather than leave it sitting around, half finished, or barely started... not that I ever do anything like that! Ha!
I sketched it all out, and then ordered six more charm packs and the extra fabric I need for the backing and border. The additional fabric came in the mail yesterday, and I plan to get started as soon as I finish up my projects for the Covert Robin and Handprinted Fabric swaps.
Another package came in the mail last week. (I love packages in the mail!!) This one came all the way from Malaysia! I actually danced around the house, I was so excited. I knew it was my pouch from the sweet pouch swap, but I had no idea it would be coming all the way from Malaysia (since the swap senders were meant to be secret!).
Suziana made this cute pouch for me, owls and all! She must have been peeking at my blog, because she also got the color palette just right. And there was yummy chocolate. Mmmmm. Thank you so much, Suziana!!
I think the back is as cute as the front with the fun patchwork and quilting.
What new (or not so new) fabric lines are inspiring you today?