Friday 1 July 2016

LE: Month by Month, Part 5

Well, what a week for Love Entwined, it's been one good event after another for this this quilt this month! As I type this Month by Month installment, I'm still over the moon for Narelle Birchall who won 3 awards at the Sydney Quilt Show for her extraordinary Love Entwined. And the best bit? The LE quilt explosion has only just started warming up. There are thousands of LE's out there and I can't wait to see more of them in the years ahead. What a lovely start to July.

Now, time for covering part 5. Last month I went over what starting the vases looks like from a technique point of view and I also listed lots of links full of information and lovely pics to help you decide how to fashion your own. With the 4 vases, each of the four months is relevant, so don't forget to re-visit the Part 4 link for inspiration and techniques. 

The vases are so special, and you have so much scope to fine tune them to your own style. They're a focal point for the eyes and they're surrounding the main centre, so you can make each unique and standout in its own corner, or style them to all harmonize. The fabric choices you make here can really impact your borders to come. That's why the colours are so important. A few well placed blender tones introduced in the centre now will allow you to reintroduce those colours later in the quilt. 

For me, I chopped and changed my vase flowers multiple times, I just couldn't settle. And each new idea worked in it's own way, but I couldn't stop fiddling until it 'felt' right. LE has that effect on it's makers, you can play around for hours before the quilt lets you know what works. You can read all about how I got through the always difficult fabric auditions in my posts related to Part 5 linked below. 
Love Entwined is an extraordinary historic quilt pattern with it's own dedicated Group over on Facebook. You can purchase the pattern outright, or sign up to a monthly subscription that delivers a 'Part' to your email in-box each month for just $9.95. If you're interested in this once in a lifetime heirloom quilt, there's never been a better time to start. We've gone before you and have the blog posts, pics and experience to show you how we did it. Also, with an encouraging online group making LE themselves, there's always someone to connect with and chat to about this quilt.

What's stopping you?

1 comment:

  1. That's a great tip about incorporating blender fabrics early on so you can tie in with a border fabric. Did you have your border fabric already selected from the beginning?


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