It’s been quite some time since I have blogged about my quilting. Rest assured, I am getting back into quilting full swing. During Tim’s illness and for the first 9 months or so after he was gone, I had very little desire to do anything creative. Now, the creative juices are beginning to flow again.
Quite some time ago, I went along with a friend to Mill End and ended up coming home with fabrics for myself (Lesson learned: don’t ever go with a friend unless you have the budget to handle a purchase of your own!!)
This is what the quilt top ended up looking like:
As you can see – I have 17 black squares that need to have something pretty spectacular quilted into them in order for the quilt to look halfway decent at all. After spending a good amount of time searching online for anything that could work as an Egyptian design, I had nothing to show for it. So, like a good quilter, I sat down and just started flipping through my books to see if I could find inspiration – which I did! I found a pattern for this table topper:
I really liked the lines it presented, which you can see a little easier here:
I traced just the lines I thought I wanted onto tracing paper:
But, what I had traced was only about 3 inches across. My black squares need a design that is 8″ square. So I enlarged the design, turned the original on its edge, put it in the middle of the enlargement and recopied it:
Then I realized that the design was too cluttered, so I played around a little and took out some of the detail. I ended up with this as a final quilting design for the black squares:
And here’s a pic of the first black square to get the Egyptian design put on.
I used Signature M10 Variegated Citrus thread. It’s a perfect match!! I can’t wait to see all the black squares with this fun design!
(The table topper design and pattern are found in Weekend Quilting Wonders edited by Jeanne Stauffer & Sandra Hatch, published by House of White Birches, 2007.)