This little quilt was inspired by braids. Braids play an important role in my everyday, I suppose. I have two daughters and often start the day by making 2 to 4 braids. And this has been going on for nearly 13 years! I also very clearly remember the braided wool rug in my childhood bedroom. I spent lots of time playing or reading on that rug and observing all of the color changes as the braid wrapped around.
I used my improv paper piecing design technique to sketch my block which I then repeated, with the addition of negative space, to make this quilt. I chose colors that reminded me of fall in New England. The color placement is varied from block to block which made it fun to sew.
I quilted in concentric circles, spaced about 1/2″ apart with Aurifil 50 weight variegated thread in shades of green. I love concentric circle quilting but don’t enjoy burying the threads as much! It’s exciting to get to the outer rings where that is no longer needed. The finished quilt measures approximately 23 1/2″ x 30 1/2″.
This has been an enjoyable quick finish. Now I am about to begin a piece commissioned by my Local Cultural Council to celebrate the town’s bicentennial. It’s going to take some time! I will share my progress on Instagram where you can find me @duringquiettime.