Please join us as we welcome our dear friend Diane Harris of Stash Bandit (stashbandit.net) back to Quilty Pleasures today!
I was pleased to spot my most recent I Spy quilt on the cover of Quiltmakers May/June issue.
My idea was a simple one: I wondered if anyone had ever put novelty fabrics in the middle ofChurn Dash blocks. I dont know that I was the first, but I can say that I love how this quilt turnedout. I made it completely from my stash.
The great thing about Churn Dash is that you can change up the proportions endlessly.
I played around with the fabrics I wanted to feature until I was satisfied that the size of thecenter patch was sufficient.
Since most of the fabrics were bright, clear colors, I wondered if black and white prints would begood as neutrals. It only took a few blocks to decide I loved it. I balanced out the backgroundsand the Churn Dash patches in diagonal rows, which you only notice if you look closely. Ifnothing else, it made me feel like there was some order in the chaos.
The biggest surprise of all was when I went to audition fabrics for borders. I always feel like blueis the universal neutral that ties everything together, but it didnt seem to do much for this quilt.Neither did red, green or orange. In frustration I threw up the wild idea of a black and whitechevron, and voila, it was like an exclamation point!
It takes a perfect storm for a quilt to land on the cover of a magazine. Its only happened to me a few times, and its always exciting. When you see it in the grocery store, you want to grab thenearest shopper and babble away in excitement.
I hope youll corral some novelty prints and give this quilt a go. Its easy and its really fun!
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Thank you for joining us today, Diane!
Adigital patternis also available for Can You Find It?