Turned out to be my present for my (modest) contribution to American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine.
Even though I am no longer a subscriber, (there is so much inspiration online...) I have always liked APQ and I think they have done a great job of introducing more modern designs in fresh colours along with their more traditional offerings.
I like the quilts they have chosen for this 13th volume of Quilt-Lovers' Favorites (I really am going against my nature here, by omitting the "u" in favo
And of course, some of the traditional quilts are just perfect the way they are! I love a good civil war reproduction every once in a while, and oh, those gorgeous fall colours on the cover quilt...
One of the quilts featured in this book, Center Strips, has actually inspired one of my pre-blogging days quilts.
I had seen this picture a while back in AQQ's newsletter. It is offered as a free pattern on their website. Now I know it is a colour alternative for a quilt named Bar Code by designer Lori Mason.
Back then, I was looking for inspiration for a quilt destined to my then 16 year old nephew. Although I did not follow the pattern, (or actually read it), there is no disputing that this is where this quilt came from.
I have not blogged about this quilt before... I need better pictures! Unfortunately, this quilt lives in a different province, and it may be a while before I get to see it again. This was taken on a very sunny day and the colours are slightly off. There are actually 4 different shades of gray (Kona coal, ash, medium gray and something else). As for the other colours, especially the reds and the purple, they are a bit more subdued in real life.
I love the quilting (and I wish I had a close up so you could see it). Organic lines - fancy word for "not straight" - in the centre bars, and overlapping boxes on both sides. Thread, thread, lots of thread... I had to make a special order of Aurifil in the middle of quilting...
This was my first time using solids only, and I am very happy with the way it turned out.
Well that is it for now, I'll be back with something Christmas-y next time,