I am so happy to share my Tell Me A Story Quilt from my new book, Intentional Piecing. In the book, I call this quilt a process quilt. The idea is to enjoy every minute of making it! I have lots of quirky Japanese prints in my stash and designed this quilt to use fussy cut motifs from prints like that. The fussy cut centers are framed by borders so that they are actually octagonal, which is kind of fun and unusual. Each block is meant to tell a story.
The stories can be simple or convoluted. It’s up to you! If you look at some of the details in this image, you will see what I mean. There is a hot air balloon framed with birds flying in the sky. There is a stack of tea bowls framed with lace; I picture a lace tablecloth under the tea set. The little mice in their underground burrows are framed with woodlands-y tree rings. The mermaid is surrounded by shells. It’s really such a fun project.
When I photographed the quilt for the book, I wanted to continue the story telling theme. I did a little photoshoot at an alpaca farm in town. As you know, alpaca fur is used for yarn. So I imagined the alpaca viewing the quilt and saying, “I see you know a lot about quilting. I know more about yarn myself.” Silly and fun, that’s the name of the game!
I would like to invite you to dig into your stash and pull out some of those prized “fussy-cut-able” prints and tell a story of your own.
Please share this image on your blog or on Instagram to spread the word. For each block you make and share on Instagram (or each time you share the image above) using the hashtags #intentionalpiecingbook and #TellMeAStoryQuilt, you will be entered into a drawing. On June 1st, I will draw a random winner from the IG hashtag #TellMeAStoryQuilt to win a bundle of fabrics from SewMeASong that were selected just for this project so that you can make more blocks and complete your quilt top!
I cannot wait to see your blocks and hear your stories! I will repost and share them on IG and here on my blog too.