Based on Pattern #131B, Hairpin Catcher or Brickwall, from Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns, this top came together rather quickly. The pattern is perfect for scraps and the arrangement is limitless. This is from my 15 year-old stash of Liberty fabrics that I could not allow myself to cut. They weren't doing anybody any good stored away, so I finally took the plunge last July. I started working with these light-as-air beauties in the middle of a scorching heatwave, yet there was not a bit of sunshine to be found.
So here we are on the other side of the calendar. Please excuse the hot spots in this photo, but the sunlight today was gorgeous. I worked on this quilt while the snows swirled around us and the cold froze me in my tracks and the sun was nowhere to be seen. 12 hours of handquilting and 34 yards of thread later, I present to you Spring Ahead (35.5'"x 42.5"):
The backing is a pretty green polka dot and I added the last of the Liberty across the bottom. I sewed in the label which is the smartest thing I ever did. I don't know why it took me so long to approach labels this way, but I will from now on.
I've been quilting a lot of circles lately.
Those prints were a dream to work with, but they cost fortune. I think I'll start collecting my loose change in a jar - a rather large jar - and dedicate it towards my next Liberty fabric purchase. If I waited 15 years to work with these, I can certainly wait a bit more for the next round. . .
I don't know what to do next. I've got a few tops that are ready for basting, but my nephew and his wife are expecting their first baby in July and while I have a thousand ideas of what I'd like to do, I can't pick one. I need to be with my sketch book and lots of pink fabric for a while . . .