Welcome to my 250th blog post – I am so glad you are reading my blog. Thank you!
Today, I’m going to tell you the story of the ‘Colours of Mexico’ quilt.
The inspiration for this quilt came from a visit to the city of Oaxaca in Mexico.
I was in Mexico to visit my daughter, who lived there for almost a year, working at the Universidad Tecnologica del Norte de Guanajuato. She and her husband organised a trip which included a couple of nights in Oaxaca. We visited the textile museum and a white blouse with an embroidered yoke, worked in cross-stitch caught my eye. The vibrancy of the different colours so close to each other was so effective.
I had squared paper and pencil crayons with me in Mexico, so while sitting on the roof terrace of a hostel in Mexico City, I began to sketch out some ideas for a quilt. I wanted to reflect the bright colours I had seen everywhere in Mexico, in the colours of exterior house walls, pottery, carpets and elsewhere.
There is quite a leap from a pencilled sketch to finalising a design and then making the quilt. I found a quilt block which worked with the star-shape I wanted and tried it out. These are big blocks: each is 20 x 20″. I then tried out the colour combinations for each block and picked materials for a multi-colour border. Once all the blocks were complete, they were laid out on a flat surface and moved round until the composition looked right. The quilt top was made and then I hung it up to check the overall effect. One block wasn’t quite perfect colour-wise, so it was un-picked, re-stitched and re-inserted.
I love this quilt, it is so vibrant and cheerful, I think I will keep it forever. It was hanging on the wall of my studio for a while as you can see in the photo below. It’s big enough for a king-size bed (90 x 90″) and pretty much covered one studio wall completely.
It has taken a while, but at last a pattern for the quilt is available. You can find it in the Amanda Jane Textiles Etsy shop by clicking on the caption under the pattern cover below.