I was inspired by two quilts I saw out in the blogosphere: Pick Up Sticks by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts and Bright Birch Trees by Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts. I like how they call to mind bamboo, corn stalks or birch trees.
I sewed scrappy strips and cut them to various widths (finished: 1/2 to 1 1/2 inch). I chose a solid charcoal fabric for the background. After deciding how I wanted the strips placed, I worked left to right, cutting the background, sewing the strip in place, cutting the next piece of background, sewing it in place, and so forth. I enjoy this kind of piecing because there are no rules and I had no final dimensions in mind. I simply squared up the block at the end–easy.
For the back of the mini-quilt, I used fabric that looks like rows of seeds. I found it on the sale table at Jackman’s–bonus! I bound it with Quilter’s Linen by Robert Kaufman in a spring green color, which contrasts well with the gray on front and complements the blue seed back. I made the hanging sleeve from a scrap left over from an apron I made a few years ago.
Using a free-motion foot, I quilted it with loose waves–to me, they look like topographic lines on a map. The finished dimensions are 20″ x 22″.
Happy Birthday, Julie!