A few weeks ago, the Gallatin Quilt Guild had their annual retreat. Each year, we have a retreat quilt that participants can choose to make. This year’s quilt is Luminary by Jamie Swanson for Alison Glass. I decided to make mine with a layer cake of Blue Moon by Island Batik.
The quilt uses an organized improv technique. The first step was to cut all of my fabric into various width strips. It was really fun to get a good look at all of the fabrics as I cut them into strips. That one layer cake turned into quite the pile of fabric!
From there, I randomly sewed the fabrics into strip sets. I ended up with 49 strip sets. I’m not sure how many diamonds that will make, but I’m thinking I’ll end up with something bigger than the original pattern.
Once everything was sewn into strips, I started subcutting them. These smaller pieces will get shuffled and sewn back together to make the diamonds in the quilt. I only got about 1/4 of the way through this step at retreat, but I had a blast. I’m excited to keep working on this quilt.
My friend Jennae is the one that chose this year’s quilt. She actually finished hers at retreat! Isn’t it amazing? I really love the way it turned out. I never would have thought to use the blue background, but it really makes the quilt sing. Looking back at this picture makes me want to get a move on with my own quilt!