I went about making this quilt in a very different way. I pulled this Tweet Tweet fabric (by Michael Miller) out of my stash and decided I wanted to use it for a quilt back. So I made a quilt top to work with it.
Then once the top was made, it sat on the pile for months. Now I'm on a mission to clean up a few of these projects, since they tend to clutter up the back corners of my mind, and hamper me creatively when I'm working on new ideas. They make me feel guilty that I'm starting ANOTHER project, another mess, and they whisper to me, "look over here, you should finish me first."
And I really do like this quilt now. It's inspired by the many strip quilts of this style. I think the original would likely be the one in Denyse Schmidt's quilt book. I've always wanted to make one like this, and when I looked at the birdcage fabric I wanted for the back, I decided this would be the perfect pattern.
The only difference is that I added white strips between the rows. Not sure why? I said it was a while ago that I pieced this!
I shared the photo above because this strip of flannel is one of my favorite elements. I think that the texture of the quilt, along with color and design, is equally important, but sometimes overlooked. The different types of fabric, the density and type of quilting, as well as the batting, all contribute to the final look of the quilt.
It's the color and design that make you fall in love with a quilt, but it's the texture that makes you want to reach out and touch it. Or even better, snuggle up in it!