Ladies in the Cocorico Bee---look what we made together!! I am so excited to share this quilt top today. I lot of collective hours plus gobs of creativity went into this top. I chose the theme "Artist Studio" for my month in the Cocorico Bee. I asked that the blocks be any size and gave no other requirement. Everyone outdid themselves. I love each and every block in the quilt--all for different reasons. And I think everyone knows me well because they used fabrics that reflect my taste and that resulted in a very cohesive group of blocks.
I spent many hours this weekend piecing the quilt top. Because the blocks were different sizes, I added bits of sashing here and there using Crosshatch in Grey from the Architextures line. I also used a bit of pen nib fabric sent by one of the bee members. Into the sashing, I added pieced bits for added interest. I made the pencil above--I don't think it would be possible to find a better eraser fabric than the Kissing Booth Cotton Candy Grunge by BasicGrey. I was so excited to use it here. I was also excited to use a bit of the First of Infinity yellow text print for the pencil itself. Fun!
A number of the blocks had painting themes so I made a couple of brushes. I like how the text works as bristles here....so much so that I used it in the block below as well (if it ain't broke, don't fix it!).
And then I made this brush--I think that the style is actually a sashing brush for window painting but I wanted a brush with a different look so I settled on this design. Again, I like the way the Chicopee Ladder Dot in Black works for bristles. I have so much fun selecting fabrics for things like this.
Now I just need to decide how to tackle the quilting for this, piece the backing and get started on finishing it. I have already selected the binding. I am going to use Architectures Text on Navy.
Thank you again to all my friends who made blocks for my quilt-I'm going to cherish this one. I was working on it this weekend at the Boston Modern Quilt Guild retreat and your work received many compliments.