When I started quilting I always intended to make a quilt in 1930’s reproduction prints. It’s only taken me 15 years to get there!
I usually gravitate to bright colors, and working with these more subdued prints was a bit of a challenge because they don’t pop in the same way as the fabrics I usually work with. That said, I love how this version of Sparkling Trail worked out!
The colors are better in person, and obviously this still needs to be quilted.
Initially I planned to make each star monochromatic. Even taking into account the poor late-night lighting in the picture below you can tell it looked a bit bland. I tried centers in one fabric and points in a matching fabric. I tried mixing points and centres.
In the end, I concluded that these 1930’s prints work best in truly scrappy mode.
That’s why I opted to make the border from small squares rather than longer scrap chunks as I have for other versions of this quilt.
Reaction in the household was mixed. Hubby loved it. He said it made him think of front porch swings in the summer and picket fences (not that we have any such things, but I know what he means). My son, on the other hand, commented on how these were not my usual fabrics and he wasn’t sure he’d like to look at them all the time. He’s a teen boy, of course he wouldn’t! His room is safe. The quilting of the black and bright kaleidoscope quilt for his bed is coming along.
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