Flashback Friday is my catchup to Throwback Thursday, so I can join in with Sandra’s linky party at Musings of a Menopausal Melon. She’s asking us to post quilts that we made before we were bloggers. So grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let me show you one of my batik quilts from way back.
When I first began quilting, I used batiks often because I enjoyed the way the fabrics blended together. I bought this fabric as a bundle, if I remember correctly. I cannot recall where I bought it, but it was a local quilt shop.
The pattern is called Thunderstruck and it’s from the book Piece’n’Play Quilts by Judy Martin. The book gives instructions for the blocks, then encourages playing with the arrangement until you come up with something you like. You can follow the suggested layouts in the book, or you can do your own thing.
I worked on this quilt at one of the first quilt retreats I ever went to. Late one night, I mustered up my courage to put my blocks up on a design wall. Putting blocks up on a design wall with no pattern to follow was intimidating enough. Then I heard a woman behind me say, “Is it supposed to look like that?” I just turned and smiled. I worked on it just a bit longer, then took down the blocks and went to bed. It makes me chuckle now; it wasn’t funny then.
I still like the bright colors and the way they play together.
I took the quilt to Connie, and she used a swirly pattern with a varigated thread.
For the back, I found a backing that was kind of homely on its own, but worked well with the quilt.
The quilt is lap size, and perfect for snuggling under during a movie.
Enjoy your weekend, friends!