enjoying the process

I usually enjoy every stage of quilt making (well, except basting, which is a bit of a pain).
But the quilt I'm making for my best friend might just be a tiny bit more enjoyable than usual.
So I hope you'll understand my need to share it with you.
I started with designing a quilt with blocks heavily influenced by the abacus block I'd seen here.  (Apparently there had been a tutorial, but the link was no longer active.)
I began in the cool modern way, using EQ7 to come up with three blocks:

and a way of combining them and arranging the fabrics so that after some adjustments it ended up as a kind of reflected rainbow: 

And then I proceeded to the equally cool old school notebook method, to note down all the sizes I had to cut from each fabric:

It's been fun to cut - especially the colourful pieces:

and to sew the blocks:

The quilt top is ready now, but I think that's enough photos for one post (not to mention that I still have to take at least a half decent photo of it).


  1. This is going to be an excellent quilt!

  2. That is so cool! What a lucky friend. Maybe I should give you my address in case she doesn't like it, ha, ha! I love seeing the process about how people work things out.

  3. Oh this is going to be wonderful. The colours pop so well. Can't wait to see all those blocks pieced together.

  4. Oh blimey missus, I absolutely LOVE it! And I didnt think I could love one more than soft kitty.... lol Fabulous :-)

  5. I love those last couple of pics - this is going to be gorgeous. No wonder you are excited!

  6. gorgeous! i wish i could live in your brain for a day! xo love this!