Green Flash: A finished quilt

Green Flash: A finished quilt


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.

Detail of Green Flash quiltSilk 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…


4 thoughts on “Green Flash: A finished quilt

  1. Hi there! I saw your post about the quilt on Facebook and followed the link over here. I LOVE this gorgeous quilt so much! I’m another one who loves using up every last bit of things, repairing, and upcycling. I’m very happy to have found your blog!

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