I love appliqué, and lately I’ve really loved appliquéing with all types of fabric–from lawns to quilting cottons to linens. In fact, those were all big reasons for my Hesperides quilt design and the quilted shams that I made first. After making the shams, which are a satisfyingly-small–but not too small–project, I knew I wanted to take on a larger project, and so my Euclid Hesperides Quilt was born.
There are a lot of things that I find engaging about this design. There’s the playful use and opportunity with fabric, the binary play on shape (round vs pointed), the challenge of the sharp points as well as the overall composition. On a smaller scale project like the shams, the composition makes for a somewhat quick study, while going larger those shapes present more of a compositional challenge.
I’m not totally sure why this is, but I will say that I struggled (in a good way) with the layout of these pieces and blocks for this quilt-sized version for a while. I cut the pieces out soon after making the shams, and then continued shuffling things around and reworking the direction for weeks and weeks while finishing other projects in the meantime. This was the very last thing that I finished before heading out the door to the last Quilt Market.
I guess I tend to like things that push and challenge me to find the right balance, which is why I enjoyed making this quilt so much. It can easily get crazy, which I like, but it also needs to maintain some clarity.
Plus the fabrics really were dreamy to work with. Aside from using plenty of Euclid, I also used some regular Essex linen and tons of Cambridge lawn (both from Robert Kaufman).
The quilting is soft and full. The binding is a lawn, super soft, and the backing is one of my widescreen prints.
Pattern : Hesperides Quilt
Fabrics : Euclid, Essex, Cambridge, Widescreen
Karen @ Pieces of Contentment says
You have created a very interesting mix of shapes and backgrounds, prints and solids in colours which add further interest. Your small touches of hand quilting are a brilliant addition too.
Rachel at Stitched in Color says
Wow, wow, wow!