Lately I’ve been falling for quilts of different sizes. I love making bed quilts for using and giving away, but they can really take up resources and time that, right now, I seem to have less and less of. That’s why, when Martingale asked me to submit a design for their compilation of bedrunners, I said, “of course!”
The quilts I make are usually a journal of the kinds of things that are interesting to me at the time. As I recall, I was desperately searching for beautiful flowers to pin since it was in the middle of winter, and I was feeling the lack of sunshine and green things. I also have a long love affair with Art Nouveau and Art Deco. At that time, the colors that really spoke to me came from this flower bouquet
At the time, I was also in love with how chains were linked in the jewelry from Dec and Nouveau pieces. In particular, I was looking at this bracelet, that was sold at Christie’s at auction in 2009. It is by J.E. Caldwell, and was made in 1930.
The interlocked links with the difference shapes cross over really appealed to me, and together with the light and summery colors from the fabrics I chose (thanks to Art Gallery’s great collection of blenders), a quilted bed runner was born.
I also wanted to play up the feel of the Art Deco Style with the quilting, using the big areas to make marquis-like shapes and then adding flowers and swirls to the prints. The binding I wanted that bright purple color because, on our bed, there is a lot of white just as in this photo, and I wanted the bed runner to have a frame around it so it stood out more.
If you want to see the other bed runners in this book, check out the Martingale shop! Martingale is also offering a chance to win Quick Change as an e-book. To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you’re working on right now OR a comment with a burning question you might have about quilting (I’ll answer these after the hop is over!). For me, I’m designing new patterns, and I really want to know where to buy giant sheets of freezer paper. One comment only, please! The giveaway for my stop will be over Saturday 5/9/2015 at 5:00 PM EST.
For more chances to win and to see who else has contributed Follow the Quick Change blog hop for fun designer Q&A’s, plus more chances to win the eBook!
Tuesday, April 28: Blog-hop kickoff at Stitch This!
Wednesday, April 29: Kimberly Jolly and Jocelyn Ueng at Fat Quarter Shop
Thursday, April 30: Heather Andrus & Megan Jimenez at Quilt Story
Friday, May 1: Brigitte Heitland at Zen Chic
Saturday, May 2: Heidi Pridemore at the Whimsical Workshop Studio
Monday, May 4: Amanda Leins at Mandalei
Tuesday, May 5: Doug Leko at Antler Quilt Design
Wednesday, May 6: Audrie Bidwell at Blue is Bleu
Thursday, May 7: Stephanie Prescott giveaway via Facebook