This quilt was made for the joy of playing with fabric and color. I picked up a few of the new prints from Denyse Schmidt and Juliana Horner (yes, Anna Maria Horner's daughter) from Joann's and I couldn't wait to use them. I was getting an aqua and orange vibe and I pulled additional prints from my stash in those two colors. I selected several prints from Denyse's older lines. I love the fresh retro vibe they have. There are also some deer, scissors and typewriter keys mixed in for good measure. To add depth, I included some deeper tones of tomato, teal, charcoal and black.
I don't know how exactly, but I decided I wanted to make some flying geese. Little rows of triangles marching up and down in a random, scrappy assortment. The pieces were cut and I was deciding between white and grey for my background fabric, then my son walked by. He was curious what all the piles of fabric were about and I explained that I was trying to choose the one color that made all of the other colors bright and happy. He went over to my fabric shelves and picked out this fabulous green polka dot print. "How about green?" he says.
How about green?! Yes! Brilliant!! I think I should consult him more often.
The combination of fabric was so busy, that I wanted a simple quilting pattern to add texture only. This is the wavy stitch on my machine. It's #19 on my Janome and I adjust it as wide and long as it will go. The machine does all the work and it looks and feels great when it's done.
The blocks are 3"x6" each and the finished quilt measures 42"x54"