I’d like to introduce you to Phoenix: Fire and Ash. Phoenix is a two sided quilt where one side represents fire and the other side ash. Those of you that know me are already screaming, BUT SUEDRE, you SAID that quilt backs are for revealing the full beauty of the quilting. You SAID that you always try to keep them fairly plain for that purpose. It wouldn’t be a rule if it didnt have exceptions to prove it, right? Phoenix is not about the quilting, not even a little bit. Her purpose was two fold. First, to show off this awesome quilt pattern (you’ve seen it before). Secondly, to develop a relationship with my new machine, LucyLoo, including asking a bit much of her. This quilt is beautiful with a top and normal back too!
So what the heck is WIB? I’m calling it Work IT BACKWARDS. Yep, we’re going to start at the finish. Over the next three weeks, I’m going to tell you all about Phoenix (including a free printable pattern) so you can love her as much as I do and make your own version of it. We’re on week 1 and here’s what is coming:
Week2: Two-Faced Quilt!
This post is all about dealing with two sides. How the heck did I baste this thing? How close did I come to making it perfect? And what about that two sided binding?
Here’s the posts!
Week 3: Pushing the limits and a color story
This quilt was a bit of a special project for me. I did some things that quilters normally wouldn’t do. Hey- you can tell me it is a bad plan, but until I experience it, I never get it. (In this case, I’m not positive it was a bad plan anyway!)
We’re also going to look at the color story of this quilt. I’ll show you some color combos I rejected and give you a little insight into what I was thinking when I picked the fabrics.
Week 4: The Pattern
I LOVE this pattern and I LOVE making this quilt. With this quilt, you can own its color story, but you have to let the final look reveal itself. I just can’t wait to get from one step to the next to see what it will show me.
I can imagine it scrappy, blue and yellow, big bold graphic black and white prints, batiks, or sweet pastels for that new baby. What about burning through those novelty fabrics in your stash for an I spy? I know it looks complicated, but It’s not! With very strategic piecing and cutting of 5″ squares it comes together in no time at all. I’m going to show you one approach to managing the pieces and include the shortcut instructions with pattern pedigree as a free printable PDF.
I do hope you’ll like the WIB format and will come back and see me on Tuesdays (and any other day you like) over the next few weeks. Even better, It would make my year if you made one of your own and linked me!
So tell me, what do you think?