I have been a fan of Denyse Schmidt's quilt designs for quite some time now. I remember seeing one of her quilt design books in college, or just after, and being amazed at the uniqueness of her quilts. I remember telling my mom that if ever I started quilting, I would want to do something like that. Despite this fact, I didn't really pay attention to her fabric lines until after the original Flea Market Fancy was out of production. When I found out that a re-release was going to happen, I was so excited. I called Strawberry Patches to find out when the store would be carrying the line and anxiously awaited its arrival. While anticipating this new line of fabric, I started combing Flickr and Pinterest for quilt ideas. I finally found the quilt below as inspiration(Echino, which is another favorite fabric collection, is what is used on the inspiration quilt). I loved the conceptual juxtaposition of the vintage inspired Flea Market Fancy with the modern quilt design. I also wanted to try quilting with Essex Linen. I thought the texture would bring something different to the quilt.
I showed the inspiration photo to my mom and she and I set about trying to figure out the math for each block. This is the part of quilting that is most challenging for me. I guess I could always just buy ready made patterns to circumvent this step, but what's the fun in that?
This summer, I finally got around to piecing the blocks together. I made one major mistake when I was putting the blocks together; I sewed all the vertical strips to the blocks without realizing that their was a directionality to each column of blocks. I ruefully pulled each block apart and set about making a complete layout on my make shift design wall (i.e. a vinyl table cloth hung on the wall).
I tried many different layouts and color combos before coming up with the top I finally sewed together. I then had to come up with a back that I liked.
I thought it would be really fun to make the back of the quilt look like one gigantic quilt block. I actually had to do algebra to get the dimensions right on this. I never thought I would have to do that again after high school.
I used irregular straight line quilting and am really pleased with the results. The Essex Linen makes the quilt heavier than normal, but I really like how it looks.
The back is one of my favorite parts.
The best part is that I still have a lot of Flea Market Fancy left over.