Recently, two talented women have posted their quilts-in-progress on Instagram, and they’re blowing my mind! Eager to share both of their beautiful stories with you, this week we’ll look over Pam Delgado’s shoulder as she explains the process of how this quilt came to be and her unique way of going about making all of her quilts.
I’ll keep next week’s quilt maker a surprise! Coincidentally, they’re both making log cabin quilts.
Pam Delgado’s quilts are all about pattern, play and loads of irresistible texture! Her log cabin quilt featured here makes me want to drop all of my current projects and start building log cabin blocks with all the scraps! It’s the kind of quilt I always dream of making but never quite get around to.
“I love it when I play and things happen on their own and I don’t know how it will end up!”
- Pam Delgado
Pam graciously gave permission to share her Instagram story here:
“This quilt began as the center portion only. I wanted a small project to use some scraps I liked and a challenge to make the whole thing with hand stitching only. The piece took on a life of its own, and I knew I wanted to keep going. Next I added the larger log cabin block border, which is quite detailed. Finally, I added the solid strip and the half square triangles using hand dyed cotton sateen by Tierney Barden.
My parameters included using only fabrics I already had, no machine stitching and no batting. The blocks are stitched to a scrap foundation of muslin or linen and the backing is from a cotton sateen duvet cover. When it came time to adding the binding, I was really tempted to use the machine; I didn’t and I’m glad!….
This piece represents the way I see my life looking back. Lots of bits and pieces that when added together, make up a life without regrets. There are difficult parts, but mostly parts of beauty and joy. I never start a project knowing the outcome. I begin with an idea, and the piece always guides me to the end; I’m usually surprised with the direction it takes; I always learn something about the process and about myself.”
I wish I could pop by Pam’s house for a cup of tea and just watch her stitch in the sunshine! Thank you, Pam, for allowing me to share your story.
You can follow her feed: @pamdelgado8473
I’m truly touched every time I see something you’ve made using my naturally dyed fabrics. It’s a rewarding feeling, and honestly is what keeps the cycle going, so please tag your photos showing even a scrap of one of my fabrics #tierneybarden. I promise my heart will melt a little.
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