A Finished Artist Studio Quilt Top!

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Ladies in the Cocorico Bee—look what we made together!!  I am so excited to share this quilt top today.  I lot of collective hours plus gobs of creativity went into this top.  I chose the theme “Artist Studio” for my month in the Cocorico Bee.  I asked that the blocks be any size and gave no other requirement.  Everyone outdid themselves. I love each and every block in the quilt–all for different reasons. And I think everyone knows me well because they used fabrics that reflect my taste and that resulted in a very cohesive group of blocks.

I spent many hours this weekend piecing the quilt top.  Because the blocks were different sizes, I added bits of sashing here and there using Crosshatch in Grey from the Architextures line.  I also used a bit of pen nib fabric sent by one of the bee members.  Into the sashing, I added pieced bits for added interest.  I made the pencil above–I don’t think it would be possible to find a better eraser fabric than the Kissing Booth Cotton Candy Grunge by BasicGrey. I was so excited to use it here. I was also excited to use a bit of the First of Infinity yellow text print for the pencil itself.  Fun!

A number of the blocks had painting themes so I made a couple of brushes. I like how the text works as bristles here….so much so that I used it in the block below as well (if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!).

And then I made this brush–I think that the style is actually a sashing brush for window painting but I wanted a brush with a different look so I settled on this design. Again, I like the way the Chicopee Ladder Dot in Black works for bristles. I have so much fun selecting fabrics for things like this.
Now I just need to decide how to tackle the quilting for this, piece the backing and get started on finishing it.  I have already selected the binding. I am going to use Architectures Text on Navy.
Thank you again to all my friends who made blocks for my quilt-I’m going to cherish this one.  I was working on it this weekend at the Boston Modern Quilt Guild retreat and your work received many compliments.