Le Challenge - Wilderness. Churchill had his "wilderness years" - so has brown. Time to bring brown out of the wilderness, time to rehabilitate brown, reintroduce brown into society. Time to bring brown out of the closet. You get the picture.
This is helped along by the fact that I have rather a large brown stash. My guilty fabric secret. I have a lotta lotta brown.
Its not that I am a traditional patchworker as opposed to a modern quilter, its just I used to quilt long ago when everybody was a traditional patchworker. And, lets face it, thereIt was a lot of brown. And I bought a lot of fabric. Thimbleberries was very popular just before the millennium, and the last project fabric bought before I stopped sewing was a load of brown Thimbleberries fabric. It was from a lqs called The Silver Thimble. This was in the days when your local quilt shop was your local quilt shop and not your lqs.
And so all this fabric has lain dormant in my roofspace. This is a separate stash to the stash of brown I have been using over the last 20 years for my falling maples quilt, now renamed modern maples quilt. "Wilderness" seemed the perfect opportunity to reacquaint myself to this fabric.
My dad likes to sit in in his summer house and listen to the sound of bat on willow, the cricket on his radio on a balmy summers day (?). A lap quilt seems perfect for him. He also spent his entire professional career working with figures, so "coin" seemed the perfect square for him. I used wof strips 5" deep. Sewed the four strips together, chain pieced and then cut them into 10 1/2" blocks. I pieced together rows of 5 blocks and then used a wof of ecru kona. I kept going for 5 sections, or until one of my fabrics run out. (no great maths here, sorry Dad).
It measures roughly 58" by 98", big enough for a Dad sized lap quilt. Maybe finished by Christmas in time for next summer's cricket.
ps do you know how many shades of brown there are?
My mil loved brown, there's
nut brown, (not to confused with the above)
And, I just got an email from my friend Sandra, Musingsofamenopausalmelon who reminded me of chocolate brown. How could I forget chocolate brown.
All shades of brown, and in my role as supportive daughter in law, I had to distinguish between them all. Never did I think I would miss brown so much!!
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