|Here I am!|
I started this quilt in August of 2014 while attending a "Slice and Insert" technique workshop led by Jacqui Gering, author of Quilting Modern. Jacquie's book was the first one I purchased when I started modern quilting and is still one of my go to resources when looking for inspiration. It was amazing for me to spend time with her when she visited our quilt guild for a lecture, trunk show and class!
Starting off with about seven of the blocks you see above, I embraced the total improvisation concept which allowed my to play as I didn't have to think about an "end game". There was no special final size in mind, no person or occasion it was intended for and no time frame. (How often does that happen!)
When it came to quilting this type of piecing screams, "Echo!" to me and is what you see most commonly with this style. I did try but could not come up with a substitute. The only down side was all the thread breaks which gave me the unwanted title of, "Thread Burying Specialist". Burying in groups instead of waiting unit the end eased the pain. For the border I knew I wanted to continue that theme for part of it and then collaborated with fellow guild member, Jess L., for the outermost portion which turned out to be pebbles.
Looking forward to displaying this on my new quilt ladder (Spoiler Alert! - subject for a future post) once it's returned.