I finally got to do a little deadline – less sewing. It’s been a while, let me tell you. I pulled out the quilt for my friend Cara, meamom, who is part of a traveling quilt group I’m in, #quiltjourney. It’s been a while since I’ve worked on one of these quilts for all number of reasons. But I finally got a chance.
Cara gave us permission to make a row that we thought represented ourselves and was roughly in a particular color scheme. I added a bit of blue to the color scheme because that is SO me. And I went with the polka dot idea and ran with it. I do love polka dots. Then the decision for the pattern. I was immediately drawn to an idea of herringbone patterns but with a color repeat like I made. It was A LOT like make a log cabin block and I love making those. So this was really fun for me. Plus, remember…POLKA DOTS! How can you not smile when you are working with polka dots?!
Each bracelet requires a large center design to the row and then the little woven ends of the bracelet along with a border. So this was completed in sections just like that. I made the center, then paper pieced the ends, and finally added in all my border pieces for a 60″ x 18″ row. And I’m kind of in love with it.
Plus I think it is already a nice blend of the other rows. There will be three or four more rows added before we piece it together. I can’t wait to see what everyone else makes and how all of our different rows look in one quilt. It’s such a great bee quilt idea!!
And now it’s off to the next person who will add another row that I know that will be radically different from mine because I know she has a different favorite palette from mine. Hers I’m predicting will include soft greens and pinks…and tone my row down again.