I’m back with more quiltiness to fill your Sunday evening/Monday morning or even Monday evening if you’re that far away. You lucky beans.
You guys. I’m a quilting nut right now. It’s ridiculous. I’m Pinstergramming like a mad (wo)man and bribing my kids with lollies in the book shop so I can peruse the quilting books. Really?! I mean really?! This is kinda of getting out of control, but I just can’t help myself!
My latest obsession is what has been named ‘The Brooklyn Quilt’. It’s essentially a scrap quilt using the leftovers from all the fabric I’ve bought in the 3 years we’ve been in Brooklyn. As I have mentioned many a time before, it’s so hard for us to keep hold of things that we don’t ‘need’ as there is so little storage space in our apartment. BUT. It was so worth while hoarding this enormous bag of scraps under Alfie’s crib just to be able to play in this way.
And I say ‘latest’ obsession, but it’s really something that’s been over 2 years in the making and has had some new life breathed into it recently. If any of you remember my original post on the beginnings of this quilt, then you surely deserve a rather large amount of brownie points, and perhaps a brownie itself for sticking around so long. Just a little thank you from me. 🙂
Some of the original blocks even made the cut!
The basic principle is, well, there isn’t one! That’s the principle! It’s very much a make-it-up-as-I-go-along kind of project that sometimes works beautifully and sometimes doesn’t, but it’s all part of the process. Why does that sound like a song?
Any blocks that I make that don’t quite fit in for one reason or another are being carefully stashed away for other great adventures in years to come.
One of my favourite parts of piecing a quilt top together in this way is how the process enables me to discover new techniques (well, new to me) completely by accident. I’m intrigued by this particular block below which just kind of came about from some playing around. I’m not sure if this one is going to make the cut into The Brooklyn Quilt, but it’s sure sparked some interest in me and I’m wondering how far I can take this new found approach to modern quilt block making. I’m questioning size and composition and want to have more of a mess about with it, but for now it’s serving it’s purpose of just being a little bit of inspiration stuck to a wall.
Initially (and rather crazily I realize now) I had the ambition to finish it in a year. Pah! Over two years has passed and I’m at this point. Hmm. Soo, it’s just going to be a, um, progressive project, you know, long term. And that’s ok. Right?
For now, I’ll just keeping adding to my extremely make-shift design wall, and as I add bits and pieces to the top I’ll do some more Brooklyn Quilt updates. Probably don’t wait with baited breath. It took me over 2 years to do this one!!
I guess if we end up living here for another 20 years then it’ll be a 20 year long project. Gosh, imagine how big that would be!!
So, whilst you wait anxiously on the edge of your seat for the next installment (!), why not enjoy this little clip of The Mollster and me at a kite festival on Governors Island this weekend. Very little wind. But oh so fun.
Thanks, as always, for stopping by, I do so enjoy sharing little snippets of my life with you x