This quilt incorporates the fabric that has been in my stash the longest: a length of blue-green shot silk I bought at a Gunne Sax outlet in the late 1980s. Remember Gunne Sax? I don’t miss the leg o’mutton sleeves and lace overlays I loved in my teenage years, but I still think this fabric as gorgeous as I ever did. The quilt is designed as a dark frame around the bright flashes of silk.
Silk is often considered an art fabric, but I want all my quilts to be useful, usable objects as well as creative works. That means they have to be washable if life happens to them, so I prewash. Somewhat tentatively, I slipped the silk into a mesh bag and sent it through the washer and dryer on warm gentle cycles. It held up like a champ. I’m confident the quilt can survive many years of use.
The construction of the quilt was fairly straightforward improv. I strung together columns of flying geese, inset the round moon shape into a large square of background fabric, then stuck them all up on a design wall to find rhythm and balance. The composition seems a bit unbalanced on the wall, but on a bed it looks right.
The background fabric is a crisp, lightweight linen-cotton chambray from Fancy Tiger, my spirit home. Back and binding are Overachiever by Anna Marie Horner for Free Spirit fabrics. The print looks smashing in a large swath or tiny bits, and I can’t recommend it enough.
I started this quilt well over a year ago, but didn’t really take it on until this fall. Nice to have a WIP all finished up. Next up: something in a smaller format…