Now that the year's scheduled quilts are winging their way through the mail to their various owners, I've got some time to work on quilts for family and friends. There are also a couple of art quilts that I'll be finishing in the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye on things here.
Yesterday after taking youngest son to school I got working on a quilt for my 4 mo. old neice, Zoe. I haven't made her birth quilt yet! Here are some photos of my progress. The photos don't quite pick up the real luminous intensity of the colours I'm working with! The pattern I'm working from is Judy Martin's current Block of the Moment http://www.judymartin.com/free-bom.cfm called Parallels. I just got her 'Scraps' book last week and am itching to get to some of the wonderful things I see in there...but this is a great introduction to all the 'shadow' effect piecing that she shows in the book. Below you can see a detail of the block.
I like that I can't just strip piece this. Now that I've done 3/4 of the blocks I've got a system worked out, but I'm still laying out each block individually as I go as I want to have a pattern emerge in the brights (if someone cared to look for it). I LOVE the shadow effect. I think I'll quilt this one with butterflies and dragonflies 'floating' above the water surface. Whoohoo! Back to stitching!