I loved the fabrics as a stack. I loved the individual blocks as the appeared. Then I put it together... and it became a monster!
Ok. That is a little unfair, but this quilt is huge and overly dramatic and a bit crazy. I have hoarded the Liberty Tana Lawn with the prewar women on it since Art school. I'm in love with the print and pulled a stash to match it. This quilt is not typical of my usual colour scheme and perhaps that is why I am unsure about it.
I made it a few months ago and just folded it straight up and put it on the self. Now that I have revisited it I might be feeling a little more enthusiastic.
Who knows, it may be transformed once it has been quilted?! I will let you know...
I began hand piecing this whilst working as a Textile designer in London. Once again quilting was my personal, and most importantly, private passion. When you (try) to make a living from your own creativity it is important, actually essential to create something that is made purely for the love and joy of it.
Not to be judged by others.
Or to be tested and found wanting.
Or to be validated by money.
The white squares are all hand embroidered linens found in charity shops and auctions over the years. This quilt is largely made up of Liberty Tana lawn and backed in a huge (and extravagant!) piece of paisley Liberty.
It has softened and been made subtle with washing and wear over the years.