Little did I know my quilting adventures would be taking me to a lovely Greek island! I long ago had two friends from high school who used to go to the Greek islands for vacations – I was very envious when they would send postcards from Mykenos or Skopelos or some other exotic location while I hung out on the Jersey shore!
This adventure started with Katarina Rocella asking me if I wanted to have some fun with her new ArtGallery Fabrics line, Skopelos. Well of course I said yes! Then she e mailed me saying it was part of a blog hop. Ummmmm, okay. My blogging is sporadic at best, but I was game. So here you have it, my adventure to Skopelos.
I knew right away what I wanted to make, so I asked for a couple of pieces from the line. The wonderful folks at AGF sent me more than I could imagine, so my mind started to spin. I would stick with my original plan, a quilt inspired from a wonderful book titled A Quilter’s Mixology by Angela Pingel. You can find more info on the book here. I’ve shown off some of the progress and pieces on Instagram already, but for the first time I give you the complete Skopelos adventure.
Let’s start with the obligatory group fence shot! Yes, I wound up with four pieces. It’s gorgeous fabric and as AGF says, you can feel the difference.
The inspiration piece I imagined as my little house on a Greek island. One of the central prints from the line has wonderful details of houses, fences, chairs, and trees. I used my Accuquilt 7 inch drunkard’s path die to cut the fabric (note to self – pay attention to the direction when you load fabric – yes, one of my house’s is upside down!) and then started the piecing process. I used a light grey solid from AGF as the background. A big shout out to both Intrepid Threads and Hawthorne Threads for supplementing my solids on this adventure! And I asked my long arm quilter Sue to work her magic on the piece. The swirls and curves helped to embody the island in the sea them I was going for.
The second piece was created with a very bohemian mindset – I wanted to continue playing with curves, so I cut into the fabric line and the coordinating solids and just started tossing pieces onto the design wall. I am thrilled with it as the interplay between the Skopelos fabric and the solids worked (yes, even the bright pink!). Though I know it will not work for everyone. Aesthetics. I get it. And Sue did a great job quilting a circle/spiral starting from the center as well as some detail work in some of the areas.
And I was determined to use most every scrap of the fabric, so I made this piece – it is inspired by a stacked diamond design I did last year for a bee – I made the diamonds larger and then offset it. I only made half a star – I’ve been intrigued with that concept since I first saw it on Instagram. I quilted this one using straight lines of different Aurifil thread and did the binding with AGF Prisma elements.
And last is my Tumbling to Skopelos. I’ve had a Fat Cat ruler for over a year and never got around to experimenting with it, so I gave it a whirl. I used the remaining pieces from the Paparounes and various solids. I tried to follow the block shape in the quilting – there was a lot of turning and twisting in my Bernina, so a bit wonky in spots but overall I think it came out well. And I love the backing fabric I found for this. And of course it is demon dog approved so all is right with the world.
Well, that’s it for my Skopelos adventure. Thanks for coming over and checking things out. A special thanks to Katarina and AGF for the opportunity to participate in the hop.
And don’t forget to check out all the other phenomenal makers for this hop. The schedule and links are below. Check out Katarina’s blog for an awesome giveaway!
1. LYNNE GOLDSWORTHY – April 20th
2. ALLEGORY LANHAM – April 21st
3. ERICA TOOLE – April 22nd
4. RACHAEL GANDER – April 23th
5. AMY FRIEND – April 24th
6. MARIJA VUJČIĆ – April 25th
7. DANA BOLYARD – April 26th
8. ERICA JACKMAN – April 27th
9. JESSICA ALEXANDRAKIS – April 28th
10. SVETLANA SOTAK – April 29th
11. KATHLEEN RIGGINS – April 30th
12. APRIL RHODES – May 1st
13. PAUL HALLINGER – May 2nd
14. SHARON MCCONNELL – May 3rd
15. CAROLINE HULSE – May 4th
16. JANE DAVIDSON – May 5th