modern quiltingFebruary 7, 2013
bits and piecesFebruary 11, 2013
Hello all, Mary Ellen again.
Yesterday I watched another video from Jenny Doan at Missouri Star Quilt Company where she made her version of the antique quilt that has hung behind her in many of her earlier videos. I absolutely love that quilt. I always knew of the pattern as the hummingbird, but Jenny was calling it the periwinkle. I wanted to find out if they are just two names for the same block, or if perhaps there are small construction variations or proportion variations.
Off I went to the site Quilt Index to have a look. I found quilts by both names and was able to take a good look. What I like about this site over some of the other wonderful similar sites is that one can pull up several photos of quilts side by side to compare them very easily. There also is a magnifying feature if you want to zoom in for a closer look. Try it out and see what you think about hummingbird and periwinkle.
To refer back to my last post, I think I might call Jenny’s version of this a “modern” quilt. 1) She used pre-cut squares, 2) lots of white space around it, 3)bright clear colors-nothing muddy or dusty looking in the fabrics, 4) played a bit fast and loose with the bias edges (at least for my taste) but ended up with a great looking quilt none the less. I think one of the things I enjoy about the videos Jenny makes is the enjoyment of the process that she projects. Sometimes we quilters take ourselves a bit too seriously, IMHO. We do this for fun, after all.
BTW I am drawing up a paper piecing pattern for a woman in my class who wants to make the quilt. I told her that even though I am a ruler fanatic, one doesn’t need Jenny’s wacky wedge ruler to make this block. Even Jenny ends up paper piecing it.
If you’d like the pattern, just let me know. hummingbird paper pieced pattern
What happened to that storm they scared us with? At least right now there is nothing (for a long time Buffalonian anyway) happening!
Hardly a flake in sight! Snowing steadily now, and adding up!