There has been a lot of talk lately about traditional vs. modern quilts…but guess what? I like both!
While I usually gravitate towards the look and feel of the older quilt styles like Ohio Star, Churn Dash…lately I am drawn to many of the more modern quilt fabrics, blocks, and settings that are showing up everywhere. From either genre, I want a quilt that ultimately keeps me warm, one that I can curl up with, one that provides me comfort.
In Sunday Morning Quilts by Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison, I found it all! The authors share an easy approach to making quilts without sacrificing quality, precision, or comfort. Their advice on using up all your scraps, organizing fabric by color, and general piecing tips are spot on. And, in addition to lots of great quilt projects, there’s a project for some fabric storage bins that are useful for so many things around the house…not just fabric. This book will keep me busy at the sewing machine for a long time!
The quilt that called out MAKE ME FIRST! was titled “Sunday Morning.” This pattern was perfect for the rather large stash of batiks I have amassed over the years. I’d show you a photo, but then my family would know how big my stash really was…and we don’t want that to happen! Batiks aren’t generally seen in modern quilts, but you can apply the authors’ scrappy approach to just about any fabric collection you may have.
Following the directions and giving myself a little extra “oops” room, I cut all my pieces. Then I placed all the cut strips in a brown bag and sewed strips together in whatever order they came out of the bag. Ok…I fudged a couple times and I do admit to some planning when I placed all the finished quilt blocks on the living room floor (aka design wall), but for the most part, I did embrace the randomness!
So whether you consider yourself a traditional quilter or a modern quilter, make sure to check out this book. There are lots of great ideas that help all quilters make better quilts, as well as stretch the boundaries of their respective comfort zones, even if it’s just a little bit!
Ok, the top is complete…now it’s time to quilt it. What do you think…any suggestions? I’d love to hear them!