I've been doing a lot of fibery crafting around here, but it's been a while since I showed off my mad quilting skillz. All winter I spent a lot of time looking at the gorgeous variations quilters were making of the Swoon quilt pattern by Camille Roskelley. You can see a number of them here on Flickr, or with a quick Google search. There are so many beautiful ones, but I had something specific in mind for mine.
I spent ages looking for the right fabric - something bright and beautiful, with a lot of colour and not a lot of directionality. Eventually I found just the fabric that would be perfect for my vision, called Tonga Gumdrop batiks. Batiks are always stunning, and these ones in particular were really bright rainbow colours. I ordered the fat quarters, and got myself some nice clean white for the background, and then sat down with a set of markers and some paper to plan out how to put the colours together. Because there were 20 fat quarters, I ended up with the nine blocks for the quilt and one extra for a matching pillow.
Then, phase two: after a couple of days of working at it (with ample knitting and tv breaks, mind you) today I finally finished cutting up the second set of a bajillion pieces: pretty white squares and rectangles and strips for the quilt background. Now I just have to get out the sewing machine and put them all together. I'll keep you updated.