Bloggers' Quilt Festival! I'm so glad you are here. From Light to Dark and Back Again is one of my favourite quilts so I thought I'd share this one with you. I finished this in June.
I've been trying to work on understanding and using colour and value more effectively in my quilts. I purchased some Nature's Palette by Lyndhurst Studio last year and thought that it was high time I use it. The fabric has this fabulous value gradation that I wanted to keep intact. So I cut them in strips and played around with the layout. I tried it in a rainbow formation, going from dark on one side to light on the other, but finally settled on this more random layout.
I then cut up the remaining strips into squares and arranged them by colour and value. That's where the name came from; if you start from the upper left hand corner and go clockwise, the squares go from light to dark and back again. Love!
I'm also happy with the pieced back that used all but one square of the remaining fabric. This was the first time I'd done a pieced back and I think I'm hooked. I love the idea of using scraps or leftovers from the front for the back.
The quilting was a challenge. I was using Leah Day's Echo Maze design -- or trying to -- and having a heck of a time trying to keep my lines straight and the corners properly squared. And I was trying to use monofilament thread, which was giving me problems until I switched brands. Finally something clicked about a third of the way through and it finished up fine.
Although I didn't have a purpose for this quilt as I was making it, sure enough, shortly after finishing it, its purpose revealed itself. This quilt was presented to our good friend and our oldest son's godfather for his birthday. :)
Thank you for stopping by and checking out my quilt and thank you to Amy for hosting the Bloggers' Quilt Festival!