I love old houses.
Old houses have history. Old houses have charm. They have a sturdiness that stems from decades of existing, as though that’s proof enough that they will exist for many more.
And yet, old houses need upkeep and updating in order to continue to be comfortable. Our kitchen had little of either, and we didn’t debate whether it should be at the top of the list for renovation after we moved in last summer.
When we pulled the kitchen apart, this old knob and tube wiring caught my attention, and I loved the way the wires converged and wrapped around the white porcelain insulators nailed to the wall. I imagined all that energy coming and going and dancing around that hub, and I felt inspired.
I’d already designed and submitted the Spinoff quilt to Modern Quilts Unlimited, but I pulled it back out and reworked that whole quilt pattern as a quilt block. I repeated it. I mirrored it to make the lines continuous. I tested different color arrangements and palettes, teamed up with the What Shade Are You blog hop, and the Wired quilt came to be.
RJR has an impressive range of colors in their Cotton Supreme Solids collection, and I chose Tropicana, Flamingo, Night, Haviland Blue, Celeste, Goldenrod, and Custard.
The wavy lines extend across the quilt and suggest the energy I imagined in the wires. I love how they create ethereal, almost sunset-like scenes in each of the blocks. I still see the original quilt composition in each block, but I love that moment when I step back and take all of them in as a whole – following the lines becomes a fun game and the blocks merge.
Wired finished at around 90″ x 90″ – just barely big enough to cover over our king-sized bed.
I’d never used RJR’s Cotton Supreme’s before, but I’m genuinely excited to put them in future projects. I judge fabrics on several factors including how much they fray when handling, how vivid the colors are, and how they keep their shape when I’m sewing with them. Cotton Supreme’s met all of my criteria and then some! This quilt feels amazing, and even though I haven’t put it in the washer yet, I expect the crinkle will be perfect.