October 4, 2011

Quilt Retro Launch Party – Day 2

Scraps make the quilt world go ‘round!

Welcome to Day 2 of the Quilt Retro Launch Party! I'm so glad to have you back! Today’s featured quilt is “Linoleum Floors.” What started out as a simple chain quilt turned into a scrapfestlollapalooza! I have no idea how many different fabrics are in the quilt, but I know it grew exponentially from the original plan.

Let me back up. The inspiration for this quilt came from an old quilt book I saw one time. The topic of the book was quilts that survived WWII from Norway. In that book was a simple chain quilt. It was one of those old quilts that was faded badly from over-washing and use. What caught my eye, was that despite the poor condition, an incredible energy came from simple chains of colored squares strung together. I couldn’t shake it from my mind, so I knew I’d have to recreate it!
Linoleum Floors Detail. I used every light neutral I have in my stash -
from rejected hand-dyes, outdated tone-on-tones to solids and prints.
Originally, I wanted to use all white for the background. As I was playing with this on EQ, I realized that it was pretty stark done up that way. So I started throwing in random light neutrals here and there. Well that gave the background so much depth, I knew I was on to something. I kept adding in different shades of fabrics until I got what I wanted. Next, I looked at the chains of color – all running in the same direction. I wondered what would happen if I made some of the chains go in the opposite direction. With a few clicks of the mouse it was done, and so was the design! Perfect!
This is my EQ rendition of Linoleum Floors.
I love EQ. I can plan out everything before the first fabric is cut!
So where did the name come from? The fabrics used for the chains of color are from my retro collection. I believe I used fabrics from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s, and today – that’s 50 years of scraps if you’re counting! When it was all laid out, it reminded me of an old-fashioned linoleum floor – maybe because of all the old fabrics.

My guest today I’d like you to meet is the Scrap Queen herself, BonnieHunter of Quiltville!. I first met Bonnie in 2008 when I was chosen to be the editor of her first book, Scraps and Shirttails. We’ve been together ever since, and I’ve got to say she’s as delightful in person as she is on her blog! I look forward to every book I get to work with her on! Head to her blog to see the whole “Linoleum Floors” quilt and while you’re there, leave a comment to win your own autographed copy of Quilt Retro!

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