Thunder Bridge – In Progress

Happy 2017!  It’s a new year so that means it’s time for new quilts.  I have a couple of finished projects to share in the next few weeks, and first up is my Thunder Bridge quilt top.

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The name comes from the rickety old bridge in this photo, which looked pretty magical on the foggy winter morning before Christmas when I took this picture.

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I had the idea for this quilt block brewing this fall and finally sketched it out in November.  I wanted to get one last quilt finished for 2016 and this one was it.  It took me a few trial blocks before I got it right, but once I did I was pretty pleased with the final version.

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The fabric for this quilt is all Amy Butler fabric.  I had a stack of some older green and blue prints of hers and I thought it might look good to mix them together, along with some of the yellow prints I had.

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Side note:  A few weeks ago (after I had already made this quilt) Pantone announced its 2017 color of the year as Greenery – pretty much the colors of this quilt – and I feel so on-trend!

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You’ll notice there are a few hints of pink in the quilt.  I was going to keep the fabrics all in the green/blue color family but I had some of the lighter pink fabrics and thought I would try throwing those in, too.  I’m not sure if I like the pink mixed in or not, but I’m all for experimenting.

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One other thing I should mention.  After I started working on this block, I realized it has a lot of similarities to my Inman Park quilt, which also happens to use Amy Butler fabric.  I’m now thinking maybe I should have called this quilt Inman Park 2.0!

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Cheers to the first quilt share of 2017!  I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year.  I’m looking forward to the next 12 months and I can’t wait to see what quilt projects the new year has in store!

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