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All about Andover Chambray

All about Andover Chambray

I have been sitting on a stash of Liberty lawns for a while now waiting for inspiration.  A number of them were really saturated colours and as a result weren't playing nicely in a scrappy EPP I have been working on.  As soon as I opened the boxes of chambray by Andover Fabrics I knew I had found the perfect foil for these oh-so refined party animals. 

The weave of the mustard and white threads gives a wonderful aged texture and was the perfect foil for the fine weave of the lawn and the vibrant colours.

In 2015 I was fortunate to spend four days in workshops with Bill Kerr from The Modern Quilt Studio.  Bill showed a wonderful Liberty quilt made in half square triangles which showcased the florals beautifully.  This quilt was very much the starting point for the quilt design which ultimately emerged.  I had no real pattern in mind, just triangles and I started cutting.

I kept making HST units and trimming for the next couple of weeks, and trimming - oh boy I was sick of trimming!  The wonderful texture kept me at it though.

I had the quilt plan sorted and the final lay out decided on my design wall, when a sudden breeze blew through my sewing room causing the blocks to rain down onto the floor.  What was incredibly annoying at the time was  the best thing that could have happened as,  with a nudge from a friend, I changed things up. I think it is a better result



I couldn't be any more pleased with the resulting quilt top.  I have decided to call this piece Epicentre as the quilt seems to vibrate out from that turquoise square.  I have intentionally  chosen to not centre the main design elements which I think adds to the overall movement.

Now to decide on the quilting. 

I am already eyeing off the other bolts of chambray.  I can see so much potential for more scrap quilts and I cant wait to chop into the espresso, or the coral or.....



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