Hawaii Slide Show

This is the newest quilt that I am working on.  This year, I wanted to focus on making the quilts that I was dreaming about making when I was on vacations and buying all the great fabrics that would later remind me of the places that I had visited.  I rarely buy the traditional tourist souvenirs when on vacation.  I now look for fabrics that invoke memories of the place  I am visiting.

My husband and I cruised to Hawaii in the fall of 2010.  While visiting the Islands I collected cotton fabrics that reminded me of the thousands of Hawaiian shirts I saw people wearing.

This is what I have assembled so far on my design wall.  The quilt will be queen size (90″ x 102″) when I am finished.  The pattern calls for cutting 2 of the large 8 in x 8 in squares from 21 different fabrics for a total of 42 squares.  This photo shows the first 21 squares and their sashing.

DSC_0292This pattern is from Terry Atkinson’s line of patterns and is called, Slide Show. atk138My quilt will finish with a border of blue batik with a white hibiscus flower on it.  I searched for a blue fabric the colour of the ocean for the border to remind me of the endless blue ocean we sailed across for 5 days before we came to the Islands.  Five days of sailing on open water with nothing to see but sky and water is worthy of a memory in this quilt!  🙂


Fire Escape

Sometimes you need a project that provides instant gratification on a finish to jump start the creative process.  I also wanted to make use of my existing stash. 

I have been saving a group of Debbie Mumm fabrics for years–at least 10 years–waiting for just the right pattern to come along.   

Terry Atkinson’s pattern,  Fire Escape was just the ticket to showcase my stack of Debbie Mumm aqua and red fabrics.  This pattern uses only 5 – 1 yard cuts of fabric plus one contrasting fabric for the lap size (60″ x 72″) quilt.

This one is now a finished flimsy and moves to the “to be quilted pile”.  Let’s hope it doesn’t spend another 10 years on that pile!