In her Urban Oasis quilt, featured in Quilter's World, Wendy took that concept on a slightly different route, showing a pattern that works with just a few pieced blocks--either made specifically for the quilt or as a way to use up orphan blocks.
|"Urban Oasis" by Wendy Sheppard; featured in Quilter's World spring 2014|
What made you choose gray as the background?
I thought a brighter neutral such as cream or beige would blend in with the fabrics too well. Since the purpose of using a neutral is oftentimes to provide a contrast with prints, I used the gray to accentuate the contrast between the solid and the prints.
What do you like about the Urban Oasis prints?
I like that the collection is so contemporary - the florals, the paisleys and the other accompanying fabrics are all done with a contemporary flair! The colors used are perfect for the fabric prints.
When you make an "orphan block" quilt like this, do you work on the design on paper/computer, or do you play on the design wall?
When I design, most of the time the design first appears in my head. I will then think about it in my head for a few days, and work out the general design. Then, I will work out the math, etc. on the computer. I don't have a design wall, believe it or not. HA!
What is your favorite part of this quilt?
I think the stripes are my favorite parts of the quilt. It gives a slatted look - as if one is looking through a wooden fence and finds floral delights.
Love the green thread you chose for quilting. What can you tell us about your choice?
Again, it's for contrast. The thread is a lime-ish green. I thought that would complement the greens in the fabrics, and give a bit of pop to the gray solid. It turned out just like I had imagined. But, my luck isn't always that good. I have had to rip out stitches before on other quilts!
See the entire Urban Oasis collection by Kitty Yoshida here (plus a free pattern for another quilt Wendy designed using this fabric!).