It all started with this little boro panel …. it needed finishing, and it needed to be used ….. and I didn’t have the emotional energy at the time to make it up into a full-size quilt like Eve’s Garden …. but it did want to be a quilt.
And so, a half-way house …. a little boro panel at the heart of a more conventionally pieced and stitched quilt.
I love the ‘starburst’ effect the triangles have created around that little panel of heavily sashiko-stitched boro …. I think it focuses attention on it perfectly, so I’m glad I chose that pattern rather than a simpler one ….
The piecing is a variation on the Balkan Puzzle pattern (there’s a tutorial here) …. using only reclaimed or vintage fabric …. and fairly densely machine-quilted using a variation of the sashiko ‘lightning spiral’ pattern on each block.
Here’s the back …. which also shows you a little bit of my moment of binding insanity …. I used the foldover method, as I didn’t want to get too fussy with it …. and then found myself getting a bit carried away with the stitching around the edge, continuing and varying the the pattern from the centre …
(but I think the end result was worth every second of the to-ing and fro-ing with the machine) …. and I think that giving the quilt that gorgeous green thread – out of my treasured and depleting stash of vintage cotton threads – was the *best* idea.
I love this quilt …. it’s very calming to be around and has such a nice comforting weight to it – due to the mix of fabrics, I think – that chocolately corduroy is delicious, and I love the softness of the heavy green upholstery fabric – the overblown roses in it pick up the little pinks in the vintage sheeting I used. It seems just right for an autumn snuggle, now that the weather is closing in.
I hope I can find a home for it soon …. it needs to be used and loved.
It’s waiting in my Etsy shop ….