Since I haven't been stitching for the last few (several?) days I decided to finally show you the first quilt I made for that one-on-one swap I did awhile back. This is the one that my husband wouldn't let me give away when he found out that was the plan! (It's a little dark in this photo.)
"Cosmic Goddesses" is roughly 17" square. I started by free piecing the stars, then used scraps to soften the sides of the batik face panels and make the sawtooth strips.
Other scraps were used to fill in around the stars and faces.
I couldn't even imagine machine quilting this top. Instead, sparkling it up with beads and sequins seemed like the thing to do. I also did some outline stitching along the seamlines in the centers of the star blocks.
Pat at Gatherings found pastel colored sequins at Eastertime and generously shared some with me. The aqua sequins were perfect for this project. I used a lot of tiny star sequins too!
To me, this quilt epitomizes liberated quiltmaking. It was completely free-form, unplanned, and spontaneous - everything that a liberated quilt should be. I had a blast making it, right down to sewing on the last sequin, and it shows. Which is probaly why my husband wouldn't let me give it away!