I've made a couple of retro inspired quilts this fall. The first one, Beaded Curtain, is in the January/February issue of Quilty. It was such a pleasure to work with fellow Chicagoan, Mary Fons and her team.
Beaded Curtain was inspired by my "wanna be a cool kid" days in the 70's. The cool kids had all those mod, groovy clothes and rooms. I wasn't cool, but I could decorate my room that way and try my best, so I hung those great strings of beads in my closet door and every time I swept them aside to go in and grab some bellbottoms I imagined myself as a slick hippie chick.
This quilt is a simple twist on a traditional snowball block. The variation in the sizes of the beads, the use of rectangles instead of squares, and the different lengths in the bead strings gives this quilt the quirkiness that I like.
I used those classic 70's colors of brown and orange and pulled out some of my very favorite prints to put in the quilt.
I found this amazing orange animal print and this retro Jackie Shapiro print on my trip to Colorado this summer. The quilting is perfect to add to the "blast from the past" feel of this quilt. Beaded Curtain will find its way to some child waiting for a quilt. It's so soft and cuddly and big!
Be sure and pick up a copy of the magazine. Several of my Chicago MQG peeps are featured in this issue. Tricia, my downstairs neighbor, is pictured with her amazing quilt. It's a good read!