Well, per my usual method, I took the fabric home, washed and ironed it and sat it on my work table and looked at it for a few days. The only rule for the quilt was that we could only add in solids or more of the Habitat fabrics. So I went to my solids and started pulling out solids that would either match or contrast with the prints. I chose lots of blues and teals, pink (I don't even know how pink got in my stash!) and yellow. Funny how just a few solids pulled together all these disparate fabrics!
Then I started experimenting with blocks and shapes. This got me no where fast, so I had a chat with myself about what I really like, which is applique. That was all I needed. I had been toying around with a pieced tree for a while and made that first, then I drew a bird and voila! Another theme I wanted to explore was minimalism. I'm on a quest to see how few elements on a quilt can still be interesting to look at! I started with 7 birds (this was all pinned on my design wall) and every time I walked by, it seemed I took one off. When I got to 3 it just seemed "right!"
|Habitat Bird. |
This was my least favorite fabric in the group, but matched with the turquoise solid, it's not quite so bad to me anymore!
|Another Habitat Bird. |
Pink! Really!? I don't do pink. But it was fun working with things I don't normally do. Maybe I'll do more pink in the future.
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|"Train the Girls" |
(My second Habitat challenge quilt!)
And DD isn't too horrified. I think she thinks I'm nuts, but she'll get a kick out of this someday - especially when her daughter is training her girls!
Congratulations to aztel2000 and peach rainbow for winning the Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks issues!