A couple of years ago Benartex and Paula Nadelstern introduced a tonal line called Marbella. I've used it integrated into other symmetry quilts but this year I wanted to use it exclusively in one design. I knew that there was a good chance that they would not want it for market but she was willing to send me the fabric so why not give it a try. After I finished the 2 main quilts I started playing with these fabrics.
My original design idea DID NOT WORK at all. But then I got another, simpler idea, that would use the fabrics in a gradient effect.
Here's the simple design. Color placement was based largely on the amount of fabric that I had. It's nothing by 2.5" (cut) squares. I stacked all of them on my side table.
I worked on it in columns creating chain pieced rows. I would pull the pieces for a column so that I could quickly sew the rows.
All the rows pressed and ready for stitching. It took only 2 evenings to get it the top together.
After the top was finished I talked to Paula and she said that there wasn't room in the exhibit for it. I was fine with that and already had an idea for it. I loaded it on the longarm and wavy crosshatched the whole thing in about a hour.
I used a flannel sheet for batting because I thought it would make a cool set of placemats. But before I cut it I took it to quilt club to show the whole thing before I cut it up. That's when my friend, Peg, saw it and said that she wanted it for a room in her house. I was happy to give it to her with the binding that I had already cut. It was one less project on my list.
She said that fabric reminded her of liquid lava, so she named it it "Hale Pele" - "House of the Volcano Goddess". I'm glad I didn't cut it up.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.