Based on Offspring by Nancy Neumann »
InstructionsThere is no pattern provided, I just looked at her lovely quilt and worked out how to make it. I made my quilt with 30 degree angles and 6" diamonds, whereas the original has sharper angles and seems to have been made using triangles.
Type of item: Functional
Style: Classic, Casual, Mod
Quilting cotton, cotton batting.
What was your inspiration?
Offspring by Nancy Neumann. I loved the leafy effect, and decided to try my own version with an autumnal colour scheme. As it's our winter bedspread, I wanted something with a very simple pattern so that it would be restful to look at. It gives a wonderfully cosy feel to the room.
What are you most proud of?
Basting this monster - it took two of us 2 1/4 hours and we had to baste it in two sections. Stopping all those bias edges from stretching kept me on my toes as well.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
In order to keep the grain running straight, you will need to make two sets of diamonds, one set facing rightwards and one set facing leftwards. As it's a large quilt, I sewed them into strips half the length of the quilt, and didn't press until we'd laid out all the strips on the bed to decide on layout.
For a quilt of 87" x 89", I used about thirty fabrics, mostly batiks. It's an excellent quilt for large-scale prints, and I could see Kaffe Fassetts working well here. About half were patterned and half were semi-plains. You need a good range of values, and you need to keep an eye on whether all the fabrics work well together. There are a couple I wish I hadn't used because they're slightly too greyed.
The third photo shows the quilting design, which is loosely based on the Klimt Tree of Life. In retrospect, I should have quilted it more densely as a few knots came loose in the wash (all hand-sewn), but hey, I hadn't been quilting long, and I was desperate to get it finished as the weather was rapidly becoming absolutely baltic that winter.