I find it interesting that inspiration can come via a very long and winding path.
Alice, a fellow Australian (who lives in Rome) and long time reader of my blog, recently started her own quilting blog. In a post she mentioned following a blog called Beyond the Cherry Tree, where a group of applique enthusiasts are each recreating an old quilt and posting their progress.
I have enjoyed following these posts and it has reminded me that this style of quilt is my first love. One of my favourite quilting books that I've had for 15 years or so is "Red and Green: An Applique Tradition".
The problem is I'm not a huge fan of the colours red and green together (which is how this quilt came about). But I have been feeling the urge to do some applique again. I like hand applique because it's something that I can do on weekends or away from my studio.
So I decided to go for something a little more modern and youthful. I want to make a single bed quilt for Adelaide in pink and orange.
A visit to my local fabric store today resulted in these colours coming home with me. The greens were already in my stash, but the others are new. And I couldn't resist a few metres of Anna Maria Horner voile for the quilt back, as it blended perfectly with the colours I chose.
Images of vintage quilts above are from this book and this book, two recent purchases on Amazon. When I find a moment to spare, this is what I will be putting some time into. But for now, there is a huge pile of unopened mail that needs attending to.