Like any 7 year old, my daughter Sophie wants a horse of her very own. She also happens to want a quilt of her own too. Lucky for me, Sophie is an unusually rational 7 -year-old (most of the time), and she is willing to settle for a quilt with a horse on it instead of a living, breathing filly whose stall she’d have to muck twice a day.
So today, I have a Work In Progress to share with you inspired by my need to finally make a quilt for my oldest daughter.
This is a pattern for collage quilt called Confetti, by Laura Heine. The pattern provided me with a large cut-out in the shape of a horse, which I then used to cut out a piece of thin white voile, that will serve as the foundation for the little bits of floral cut from a million different fabrics.
I have been collecting large scale floral fabrics for awhile, in anticipation of this project. They all needed to be fused to a stabilizer and then cut out and fused to the horse foundation. As Laura says in her pattern, this is not a quick project. No, not at all.
In fact, this is a project for a long, lazy, pajama-clad day. It’s for a rainy, 10 cups of tea day while the kids play on the floor at your feet.
The beauty of using Steam A Seam is that it can be repositioned. So if you decide to move a flower a little to the left, no problem. Just peel it off and stick it back on. Once you are sure that you have the placement to your liking, give it a good press with a hot iron, and it’s there for life.
Here’s my favorite flower on the collage. It’s romantic, and has movement, and was just begging to be placed right in the center of the collage.
It’s been difficult to choose the background fabric for the project. Right now, it is resting on top of a hexagon print from Camelot Fabrics. I think I like it…. but I’m still not sure. The text prints are always calling my name.
I’m thinking of quilting it with an overall design of hook swirls, a la Angela Walters. The idea is to carefully quilt right over the collage, hoping not to catch my needle on the lip of the foundation pieced fabric.
What do you think? Do you have any other quilting ideas for me? I’d love to hear….