Monday, May 23, 2016

Inspiring books

I've been building away at my towers of owls &, because I am a fickle quilter, getting a little bored with them.

I looked around my sewing room & pulled out a pair of my favorite books by Cherie House: City Quilts & Urban Quilts.

They are both pattern books, but Ms. House also writes about the process that went into creating her quilts. They are simple, elegant & really speak to me -- I love their graphic nature. She encourages looking at our surroundings & using the things we see everyday as inspiration for our patchwork.  I am pretty sure it was her voice in my head when I made my Downtown Foley's quilt. On this particular trip through her books, City Sky caught my eye. It looked like the perfect thing for all those early 1990s strips that had recently bubbled to the surface.

So, shifting gears, off I went, making a brand-new, 20-year-old quilt!

Let me be the first to say it -- this quilt is a little muddy & dull. The sky in my Gathering Storm quilt is what you might see before a hurricane -- the perfect thing as we are just a week away from the beginning of this year's season.


Julierose said...

I wouldn't say "muddy and dull"--rather it looks like stormy skies to me...I like your different choices of colors...hugs, Julierose

Quiltdivajulie said...

I think it looks quite elegant.

O'Quilts said...

So have been sewing...It is a perfect quilt...Girl you are motivating this old lady. I am off to a quilting retreat at the beach with 7 friends and 7 cannot wait...and of course...7 UFOs!!!!!

Rachaeldaisy said...

Love it!! I like the idea that the colours are like the sky of gathering clouds before a hurricane. The simple lines of the blocks have a calmness about them.