I used quilters cotton and Swedish linen with a fairly rough weave for this Doll Quilters Monthly swap quilt. I quilted it with a variegated sulky thread. The theme was Sunny and Warm. We had rain, rain, and more rain this summer, so I am sure I was affected enough to make some cloudy skies behind those tents! I called it "Sensommar" in Swedish-- "Late Summer." I was aiming to show the colors at their peak, just after a rainstorm and when the flowers are at their best. I think it worked out pretty well.
Honestly, my quilting and my piecing were really off in some places! I wish my technique could catch up to my ideas, but I know we all improve with time and effort. It'll come, as my sis always says to me!
Here it is outside in some sun-rainy light, right after the dew lifted and before a rain storm came. Just like late summer.
Sigh* I hope my swap partner doesn't take it too much to heart that I tried out designing on her quilt. I think if I did this again, I might change the layout slightly to add a little more of the yellow sashing, even if I don't do the complete side sashes with the diamonds. Maybe also choose sky with more contrast?
|Original Tipi Village pattern from Quiltmaker 1993|
The original pattern comes from an old Quiltmaker magazine I've been carrying around since 1993! I even gathered some Southwestern fabric back then for that fine day I took up quilting. My version has just a few blocks, and I made tents instead of tipis, with tent flaps added. Instead of the Southwestern theme, I chose batiks and florals for a more organic look.
It took me a long time to try this pattern out, but I am sure I'll make another one.
|Tipi Village/Sensommar, to be continued....|