I took these pictures at night, with the new quilt-to-be over the bed, after a spot of hand-quilting, because I just couldn't leave it be even at 11pm.
My quilts are put together with luck and guesswork. Materials turn up, are scissor cut, hand sewn and quilted - and not made up too precisely. I measure by eye, fold material into squares and triangles, adjust as I sew. So they can be worked while I'm scrunched up in bed, on a rug in the park, sitting on the back step.
All these materials, save for one small piece, are second-hand, some very old - seventy years at least for a couple of old curtain remnants. No synthetics. Cotton, linen, wool and silk.
When I put the quilt together I had in mind a bag of lollies from a milkbar, so it has a much more pastel array of colour than I usually choose.
The first two blocks were so formal and neat that I had to make balancing blocks of bigger, more random shapes.So far I like it.
The friend I'm making it for has chosen a backing and border of red spotted with white, and that's all I have to do now, the border and the back.