This is my newest quilt. I am using my new format which links my blog to my website. I'm not sure if the font is large enough but can't figure out how to change it.
So here goes...This quilt idea started as one of my line drawing style wall hangings with an Easter bonnet. I needed to do a Pinterest search and found vintage style hats were more interesting so I combined two ideas and drew the picture. I wanted to use a pastel Easter/Spring colorway. I needed 45 5" squares including 6 white with pastels for the face area. I soon discovered I did not have many pastels in my stash. I had enough to make this quilt and continued to look for more when I was at the IQF Chicago quilt show last weekend but pastels are just not popular. The demand must not be there or the shop owners would purchase more for their customers.
I chose to place the warm colors (pink, peach, yellow) on the upper part of the quilt above the whites and the cool colors (greens, turquoises, blues and purples) toward the bottom on the quilt on purpose. Purple and blue VISUALLY appear heavier and I tend to place then on the bottom of a quilt because the eye perceives this as balanced. I also selected purple batik for the applique color for the same reason than it is the visually darkest color in the bunch and there will be the greatest amount of contrast. Contrast is essential to the line drawing style quilt being successful.
In the second photo I show the variety of pastel purple buttons and a few beads hand sewn to the flowers on the hat. I found an ombre shimmery trim which I machine sewed to the inside edge of the rim of the bonnet. I added a bit of pink and purple glitter nail polish on the eye area and mouth. I also hand sewed a few chunky beads to the lower edge of the dress's collar. And last, I glued some small rhinestones to the background area.
The third photo shows all the embellishments I pulled from my stash for this project. I changed my mind on the Easter theme since there was no obvious Easter themed fabrics like bunnies, chicks or eggs. The felt/foam flowers/butterflies were sent packing because they seemed too big and distracting. The egg garland is so cute but too Easter-like so that had to go. I can hang the quilt a bit longer now after Easter into Spring.
The fourth photo is to show the backing fabric which I never do. I wanted to use this fabric in the pieced background but it read too bright and I had to eliminate it from the mix. The fabric was then used for the back and the sleeve.