Do you have your copy of Quilty magazine handy? ‘Cause this is pretty cool, if you like process photos, if you’re a quilter, or if you just like to see how stuff gets made! (I sure do.)
When I was picking quilts for the debut issue of Quilty, I found a quilt in an old issue of Love of Quilting that Liz Porter had originally made — and I felt it was perfect. It was a bit more challenging than some of the other quilts Quilty would feature, but that was a good thing. It would showcase a certain technique (windowing), and that’s important, too — variety is the spice of magazines. I decided that the quilt would need to be re-made to really “work” in Quilty, though: I wanted “Wild Rose” to be updated and warmed up — it’s a very traditional pattern but I was sure it would be fresh as a daisy in an updated colorway.
This is the sketch I made of what originally was “Wild Rose.” Ladies and gentelmen… “Firefly!”
If you have that magazine handy, Firefly is featured on page 62 and it really turned out gorgeous, if you ask me. Thank you to:
– Liz Porter, for making such a great quilt to begin with
– the lady or ladies who originated the technique of windowing back in the day
– the Associate Editors of Quilty who helped facilitate the re-make (it killed me that I didn’t have the time to make it myself with all the magazine duties I had before me, but it’s on my shortlist)
– Moda fabrics
– whomever invented colored pencils, scanners, and the postal system (it takes a lot to design a quilt, send the plans long distance via digital means, and then ship quilts around the country for photography, etc.
See? Quilting is still a community event. 🙂