TGIFF – The Fully Sick Quilt
I started The Fully Sick Quilt during an August week of actual sickness. I hadn’t been bed-bound in years, so it literally knocked me off my feet. Despite the coughing, sputtering, feverish chills, and hot flashes, I dosed up on some cold and flu meds, then went to work. I created what I called my Cottage Windows block, along with a tutorial, and went stash diving.
I have inherited a lot of various fabric from Grandma Sparkles (Magic Suitcase for the win!) through the years. Some of it has been fresh, modern and chic, while some of it has been plucked straight from 1997. Amongst it all, were several fat eighths of 1930s repros, and other traditional floral motifs. In an effort to push these out of my stash for good, I combined them with some fabrics of my own devices (e.g. Denyse Schmidt, American Jane) to create a down-home, country-esque, rainbow aesthetic.
The cream framings utilise floral tone on tone fabrics originally used in my Bartering for Flowers quilt, and from more modern collections like Mirror Ball Dot and Botanics. I may have been fully sick, but I wasn’t fully dead! The back is yardage of Salt Air Blooms in Coral, combined with Art Gallery Pure Elements stripes for a little extra width.
One of my good friends called it all “floral vomit” and while I can’t disagree, at least all the flowers and vomit are hanging out together! In the end, after a match stick quilting disaster, I settled on some stitching in the ditch around each block. In all honesty, I couldn’t bear to spend any more time on it than absolutely necessary. I then bound it with Genealogy Azul from Angela Walter’s Legacy collection.
Listen, if I’m serving up my own cold, glass of truth tea, I’ll agree it’s not a total aesthetic powerhouse, but I’m still glad it exists. It definitely has too many ideas competing for attention, and none of them are actually all that strong. The backing fabric, while a bit more traditional, still doesn’t feel quite right, especially with that more modern stripe. Plus, you know, I’m a modern gal, and this drags me back to my Okla-home-land.
That being said, it’s cleared out room for more (and better) fabrics. Despite some of the floral motifs, I’m kinda diggin’ the muted, tonal rainbow. Using a rainbow spectrum with a lot of varying values assists in movement, depth and visual interest. The Fully Sick Quilt also gave me reason to write up another tutorial, and finally, it led to making The House of Versace cushion.
Which, if you ask me, is truly, fully sick! It’s amazing how a few fabric changes can take a pattern from ho-hum, to a vocal octave worthy only of Mariah Carey! Sing if you’re winning, indeed.
Title: The Fully Sick Quilt
Size: 45″ x 55″
Pattern: Cottage Windows, tutorial by Molli Sparkles
Fabric: A cacophony of traditional, rainbow 1930s repros and florals
Quilting: Stitch in the ditch, using Aurifil 50wt, colour 2024 White
Binding: hand stitched with Aurifil 50wt, colour 2024 White
Backing: Pieced backing of Salt Air Blooms in Coral and Art Gallery Pure Elements
Favourite Part: Even though I don’t love it, I’ve already found someone who will.