Collection Quilt Progress – sections 5-7
I am making steady progress on my Collection quilt, finishing sections 5-7 in the past couple of weeks.
I was able to assemble six of the sections and loved having it come together! I have two more sections to go and then the quilt top will be completed.
I am following the general color scheme of Carolyn Friedlander’s original quilt, but using fabric from my stash. It is fun to mix and match as I work with the colors and the prints to achieve what I want. Section five (above) was particularly fun to plan as I chose the bottom print and built the section from that point.
I had a little mishap with fabric placement in the bottom right corner where the applique is hard to distinguish from Sarah Watson’s awesome print, but I decided to leave it and enjoy the little things about this Collection quilt that will make it mine.
Section 6 features another Sarah Watson print that I just love, paired with Anna Maria Horner’s gorgeous Loominous stripe. I took a couple of risks with this section. First, the print is much larger in scale and in contrast than anything I’ve included in the quilt. It’s also busier, and I worry the applique won’t show up well at a distance. Additionally, the weave of the stripe made me worry about using it for applique. I hope it holds up and that there is no risk of it coming undone. I was very careful while stitching these blocks. I must say that I love that blue and am happy to have it included in the quilt.
Section seven was one of the most fun blocks to stitch, although I didn’t read the instructions carefully enough at first and had to re-cut all the applique fabrics. The second try was a success, however, and I continue to learn!
I remember when this Collection quilt pattern was first released. I loved it so much but was intimidated by it. I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to just make it. It isn’t as hard as I thought and is such a unique quilt design. It is also smaller than I thought it was, and I am thinking about adding borders to make it bigger. My children are growing so much that they rarely reach for the small quilts anymore; everyone wants them larger. The question is, what would I use for the border?
I have selected my fabrics for sections 8 and 9, and have only to make time to cut and baste them. Once that step is completed, it is easy to find a few minutes here and there for some stitching. I will share more soon!