I can finally share the quilt I’ve been working on for the Clothworks Farm to Fabric challenge! I am super excited about this one because the quilt was accepted to be shown at the Houston Quilt Market and Quilt Festival a few weeks ago. What an honor! The quilts made for the challenge were supposed to reflect the theme of buying American-made and local goods. I tried to keep it as simple as possible, and made a quilt entirely out of economy blocks…you know…’cause shopping local is good for the economy and all.
I picked out some differing shades of red, pink, purple, orange, grey and white solids, and went to work on the economy blocks. I chain-pieced most of them…I always love the stage in chain-piecing when you take the pieces off and they are still connected by the thread. If you hang them end-to-end they look like bunting flags. When you do it at the right stage in making economy blocks, they look like little envelope bunting flags…like this:
Anyway, I messed around with a few different layouts for the blocks
before I decided I liked the simpler second version better.
And here’s what I came up with:
I love economy blocks. They make me happy!
Another thing I love is that when you put them together, you get a secondary star pattern. So that’s how I quilted it:
Can you see it?
There’s a picture of the back that makes it easier to see the way it’s quilted. I hand-quilted this one with #8 perle cotton in ecru. I don’t usually do a whole lot of hand-quilting, but I found it very relaxing, portable, and enjoyable.
And now that quilt market is over, my quilt is off to, um, well, I have no idea. I just know that it’s out there traveling somewhere. And it’s in safe hands, so don’t worry! If anyone out there reading this knows where else these quilts are going, feel free to let me know. Thanks!
And that’s all for now.
Thanks for reading, and have a large day!
Linking up to Persimon Dreams for the bonus challenge! Take a look over there and see some other great quilts made for the same challenge!