Y'all, I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am about my newest quilt design. What began as playing around with scraps turned into this quilt with such an intriguing pattern.
You know, most of us probably have a favorite part of the quilting process. Some really love piecing, but prefer to quilt "by checkbook," others piece a quilt (or use whole cloth), only to look forward to filling it with the most intricate quilting motifs, and still others relish hand binding as a peaceful way to finish the quilt and say goodbye to it (not me- I'm a machine binding girl all the way). Just for the record, I don't know anyone who loves basting; it really is the devil.
I enjoy most parts of the quilting process (again, the basting- ugh.), but when other quilters have asked me what my very favorite part is, I have always answered "finishing it." We all love finishing our quilts, but for me, it's more specific than that. Truly, my favorite part of the quilting process is seeing a design that was once only in my own mind, take shape and become the reality of a finished quilt. I am always most proud of the designs that create the illusion of difficulty, but are created with basic piecing techniques. This pattern definitely fits that description. If you can believe it, there isn't a single snowball corner or HST!
As soon as I saw this design all together, I thought it was reminiscent of antique encaustic or cement tiles; but of course, that doesn't make for a very pretty name. In searching for a more appropriate name for this pattern, I did a little research on the history of the art of creating these tiles, and it seems that many believe that they originated in France. According to my findings, the French call these tiles "carrelage encaustique," so I've decided to name this pattern Carrelage, which literally translates to tiling.
I am looking forward to my favorite part- finishing it up!