Who can resist a quilt-along hosted by and with tutorials from Audrey of Quiltyfolk?! Especially one that promises a work at your own pace, with a variety of techniques and with fabrics already in your stash, those oldies you've been wondering whatever am I going to do with that fabric once loved and purchased but now seriously outdated. I think some of us
older well seasoned quilters have grown a bit tired of CW repro quilts and would love to dive into the world of color and improv quilting but lack the courage/knowledge of where to begin.
I'm wondering to myself 'Can I do this?' Well, I'm sure going to try! Here's a link to Audrey's introductory post with our first steps toward Bramble Blooms I.
First, the fabric pull. A couple days ago I pulled a little tote filled with fat quarter +/- fabrics that was easily accessible and dumped them out. I chose that multicolor floral fabric as my focus or starting point and began adding from there.
After a bit the pile had grown to this
I was pretty happy with this little pile, but realize it's heavy on the yellows and greens and a bit light on red/pinks, and have since added a couple more FQ size pieces. I'm sure other bins will be raided as time goes by and I have an idea of where the quilt is heading. I'm planning to do fabric pulls for the next quilts in the series once a suitable container is found to keep them, everything in here is already holding stash or scraps, or fabric pulls of other 'someday' projects.
I stitched the center panel this morning.
We had several glorious days last week, though it has now turned cold, rainy, and gray. We were able to capture a few great photos of the ancient shagbark hickory tree before it lost its leaves. Perhaps that's what contributed to the abundance of yellow/gold fabrics in this first fabric pull!