Laura always amazes me with her output of handmade garments and quilts. She has a fresh and unique aesthetic; every time I see her blog pop up on my feed, I know it will be something spellbinding (check out her twin Phoenix quilts, for example… Just wow!). Laura, who lives near Boston, is a stay-at-home mom to a two-year-old daughter. She’s also currently in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilts bee with me, and she’s very active on Instagram (@littleandlots). Look for more from Laura at Little and Lots!
Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
I just finished my favorite quilt yet. I started it at the beginning of March 2014 and sewed the last stitch in the binding at the beginning of May 2014. I used the Snake Trail quilt pattern from Denyse Schmidt’s book, Modern Quilts Traditional Inspiration. I had a bundle of Flea Market Fancy Legacy reprint saved back for several years just for this project, and I was just waiting for the skills to make it! I chose Kona Cerise for the background after a friend suggested it. I used the Baptist Fan FMQ tutorial by Elizabeth Dackson at Don’t Call Me Betsy to mark and quilt.
Have you shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
No, and I’m not sure that I ever will. I love it so much that I’m not interested in hearing about the wonky quilting on it from any experts!
What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
I’ll always think of Sarah from Smiles Too Loudly because she suggested the cerise. But this quilt will also remind me very much of my first quilting retreat. I took this project to the three-day Boston/Seacoast MQG joint retreat up in Kennebunk, Maine, and silly me, I thought I could sew it all in three days! I didn’t meet that crazy goal, but many stitches in this quilt were sewn in the midst of friendship, fellowship and laughter.
What do you like best about the quilt?
I love the boldness of the Kona Cerise background. Now I can’t imagine this quilt with a white background, as it’s shown in the book (the cerise is also quite practical for our grubby-toddler-hands lifestyle!). I’m also glad I made this a twin-sized quilt. I hope to be able to use it on a bed in my someday-house, but in the meantime, it’s proving useful for shared sofa snuggles. I’m also pleased with how the quilting turned out. It looks a little funky close up, but the Baptist Fans add such amazing texture and suit the curves of the snakes so well.
How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
My larger project this year, in quilting, knitting and garment sewing (I like to consider myself a triple threat), is to make some of the projects I’ve previously thought were too hard. Projects that are scary, or that include skills I haven’t yet tried. Or projects with lots of fiddly parts. I wanted to make this quilt because it had so much curved piecing, and so much tiny-template cutting. And it was huge. I’m also a little shaky as a free-motion quilter, and I’m really proud of myself for choosing a tricky motif and making it happen on my little Janome.
If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
There is a version of the Snake Trail quilt in my head that has a gradient of solids as a background, and more neutral prints as the snake segments. If I didn’t think it would make me crazy I’d make it right now (someone please make this quilt so I don’t have to).
Where is the quilt now?
Eighteen inches away from me, wadded up on the sofa. That’s where quilts belong! My family has used it each day since I finished it.
Find more photos and info at Little and Lots.
Tell Us About Your Favorite Quilt
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- Tell us about your favorite quilt. When did you make it? What pattern did you use? What fabrics?
- Have your shown it at any quilt shows or entered it in any contests?
- What memories or people does the quilt make you think of?
- What do you like best about the quilt?
- How did you grow as a quilter while making it?
- If you could make this quilt again, what (if anything) would you do differently?
- Where is the quilt now?
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