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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Bali Happy!

Another small project finished! I had pieced this miniature quilt a while back, then put it aside, and I guess I forgot about it... It has been languishing.. waiting.. I came across it this week hiding in a pile. Yes my studio is past due for a clean-up... So I got it quilted and bound and now it's done! Done is good!
I'm often asked where I get my ideas for miniatures. Often it's just a block or design I want to try, but I don't want to make the full sized quilt... Sometimes it's a colour combination I want to try out. Sometimes it's "just because." Hey, that's as good a reason as any, isn't it? This one actually came about because of the backing fabric! I know, crazy! Sounds like I'm doing things backwards!!
Well, you see, there's a story here... One of the things I most hate shopping for is bras. It seems you find one make and style you really like, it fits well and is comfortable, and then the next time you go for one, that style has been discontinued. Arrgghhhhh! This happens time and again. So while shopping in the US with my friend Sandi, I mentioned that I needed a new bra and dreaded the thought of the whole process of finding a new one I liked. She introduced me to Bali bras at Macy's. Being a quilter and a lover of Bali batiks, how could I not like a bra called Bali??!!
I think it was on that same trip that I found this fabric... Loved it!  I had no idea what I would do with it.. not exactly what you'd put into a quilt, perhaps, but I thought it would be useful for a backing if nothing else so I bought 1/2 yard. You have to admit, it's pretty cute. So that's how this mini came about. The bra fabric is on the back and I used the colours in it to choose the bali batiks and hand-dyeds for the front. I'm not totally enamoured with the whole "modern" quilting movement - simple shapes, lots of negative space, lots of white... but I'm trying. I don't know if this would even "qualify" as modern... but it's an effort, at least....
I quilted it with concentric circles, spaced 1/2" apart,  using a 60 weight white thread. I'm happy it's finished, and so I'm calling it Bali Happy. The half square triangles are 1" and it measures 11.25" square.
Any suggestions for what to do with the rest of my brassiere fabric??

Piece!
Linda

I quilt because the voices in my head tell me to....

6 comments:

Sheila said...

Congrats on a great finish and I loved the story behind it 😊

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a cute print! Maybe you could make a little cosmetic bag or lingerie bag. Hugs!

kath001 said...

I'd make cards. :) I received a really cute card from someone awhile back that simply had fabric heat bonded to the entire front of the card. This would be cute with sayings on the inside like:

Hope this gives you a lift.

Thanks for your support.

Bosom Buddies.

Bra-vo!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

What a beautiful project, Linda! The colours are lovely.
I too, like Diane above, was going to suggest you could use the lovely and fun fabric to make bags (lingerie, cosmetics, accessories,...).
Happy April!

Andrea R said...

Oh I love the backing print! :D

The whole thing is super cute. Let's say it is modern-ish. :D (close enough!)

Karen said...

Sweet quilt - love the colours! Enjoyed reading Kath001's comment above, she came up with some great sayings to go with your fabric!

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