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Winding Ways #1

A radical change from my usual Kaffes wouldn’t you say?

I have already decided on the title – which is a first for me – the quilt’s name doesn’t usually come easily to me – but this time it just popped into my head.

I was having a cup of tea on our balcony the other day and I was contemplating  all the different colors in our “green” backyard. New leaves and fronds (we have a lot of palms) are often very light green or even yellowish. New mango leaves are sort of a brownish orange. Dying palm fronds can be many shades of yellow and rust. The dead fronds hanging from the the royal palm are many shades of brown.

Then I thought… those are the colors I have chosen for my Winding Ways quilt – and the beautiful Robert Frost poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” came immediately to mind.

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leafs a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Winding Ways

Yes… yet another project. Inklingo 9″ Winding Ways. Here are the dark/light and light/dark batiks I have selected. There will be a total of 49 blocks – 7 across and 7 down.

These are certainly a change from the bright saturated color of my Kaffe Fassett fabrics – but they are the colors I wear and I decorate my house with. I have been collecting earth tone batiks for years and now is the time to use them in a quilt.

The Inklingo printed lines are not going to show up on the darkest darks so I am going to have to trace around templates for those fabrics. I have a Bohin white mechanical pencil that does a great job. On the darks that are paired with lights I can follow the stitching line on the light piece.

I have printed and cut my first block and hope to post the finished block tomorrow.