New Directions

"New Directions" on display at the
Chatham Kent Quilters Guild Quilt Show
May 2017

There was a wee bit of show & tell at our Christmas gathering ... 

This is "New Directions", a design by Janet Page Kessler, from the Benartex website.  The original design is two columns of opposite chevrons.  

This is one of the projects I took to the "Material Girls" retreat hosted by Sew Creative and The Marsh Store, in November 2016.  

This quilt started in Phoenix in Feb 2016, when I found the funky fabric with the dots ... not my usual colourways but it spoke very loudly to me!  
Focus fabric - the green with blue, yellow, merlot dots

I had also been learning about the effect of a "mud" background in modern quilting.  This fabric does have a beautiful deep aqua/blue, bright yellow and this rich, deep, dark maroon / chocolate / mulberry / merlot, in a cactus green background.  Not sure what colours they really are, but I liked the fabric!  

It took quite a lot of cogitating and percolating to find companion fabrics, pulling in some Kaffe Fassett aboriginal dots in green and red.  And to find a pattern!  

Here are the beginnings on the design wall at the retreat.

And the "first" final layout ...

This layout, as in the pattern, is 48" x 72".  Decided that it needed another row.  Went on a hunt for more of the background material, but of course with no info on the selvedge that was impossible to match.  Finally checked the project box, and discovered that I had already cut enough squares to do another row.  What??  I don't remember doing that!  Oh well.  Came together quickly.

The quilting was simple u-turns - horizontal in the background, vertical in the chevrons.  U-turns for new directions.  Love wordplay acting out in quilts ;)  

This was one of my quilts shown at the Chatham Kent Quilters' Guild Quilt Show, May 5-6, 2017.