Many years ago I saw a quilt on the internet made from molas: these are very elaborately appliqued squares indigenous women in Panama create and wear. I got the bright idea that I'd make a quilt using molas some day. Well here it is. What I didn't realize when I started, was that this quilt was going to require a lot of bright colors. I like bright colors, but not necessarily all of them at once. I plowed ahead and made the top a couple of years ago, but then got busy with school and put it away:
(Pic's a little wonky in the middle cause it's two pics photoshopped together.)
This fall I decided it was time to finish it, but since piecing it together is the funnest part, I decided to piece together the other side as well. In contrast to the highly precise and calculated top, I went very experimental and freehand, inspired by Gees Bend quilts and the crazy square quilt posted on craftster recently. I honestly don't know if it was a success or not, but I thought I would share the results anyway. If for nothing else as a warning: this is what happens when you don't plan a quilt:
I think it might have worked better if the colors were more, um, subdued. At least it's a two sided quilt. I tell you what, I have a whole new respect for those Gees Bend women.
** I finally finished the quilt with black and purple borders plus a few more little color squares. I quilted the whole thing first on the machine in a sort of # design to stabilize it, then I hand quilted around the animals. It could maybe use more quilting but enough already!