Sometimes I need to go back to basics. Ignore the pretties on Instagram, blogs and elsewhere and just do something simple and let the fabric do the talking. This quilt top was made from a stack of Oakshott fat eights of Italy (kindly sent by Michael), a charm pack of 37 squares bought from Alice Apple and a few random light and vintage squares from my scraps. 144 x 4" squares in all,
Organising rows and 'randomness'.
No bells or whistles, just lovely shimmering colours. The Italy bundle was a great match for the vintage style colours of the Alice Apple squares, a very 1970s palette and the silvery grey warp thread that runs through this range has a subtle shimmer.
A quick flick through one of my older inspiration books whilst I was taking these photos confirmed the happy marriage of simple shapes and bold patterns and colours. These are all from Patchwork Simplified by Alice Timmins- a great source of vintage patchwork eye candy with English paper pieced maxi skirts and slightly disturbing toys.
The 1970s with its rather variable aesthetic (note the green long shag pile in the bottom pic, urgh!) was very much my decade. Combos like this make me feel so at home.