My brother got married this summer, and I knew I wanted to make a quilt to celebrate his special day and all the days to follow. This blue wonder is the result, and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out!
My brother and his wife have different tastes to mine, so this project pushed me to pick a different colour palette, and a different approach to what I would normally do. I asked them a few basic questions about colours and what kinds of quilts they like, and then I didn't speak a word about it to them again until I presented them with the finished product at the rehearsal dinner!
This quilt is a queen size, with a finished size of about 84 x 94" (I think! It's been a while!). I used Johanna Masko's Hexentric pattern, and I can't say enough good things about this pattern. As usual, Johanna's pattern is really smartly put together, and I really like how it pushes you to think about contrast in the piecing. I probably did some damage to my eyes with all the squinting I did to make sure there was enough contrast between my lights and darks! I knew that I didn't want any visual distraction from the piecing, so I kept my quilting plan super simple. There's quilting in the ditch between the columns and then I did a couple framing squares in the borders. And, I embroidered a label for the quilt, which obviously has some peach in it because that is how I do and always will roll.
I finished and gifted this quilt at the end of July. A fun thing about looking back at old projects is how it takes you back to where you were when you made it. When I look at this quilt, I vividly remember the hours I spent listening to Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell. I also have memories of basting it with the beautiful people at the workroom at a rushed Stitch 'n Bitch night, and of taking these photos with my dear friend Karyn.
Karyn has helped me make a lot of my crafty dreams come true in the last couple years, and one of those was incredible photography for my finished projects. You can expect a dramatic decline in the quality of my photographs now that I live in a different country than Karyn!
Oh, and my brother and his wife love the quilt! It turns out that pushing myself to make something outside my comfort zone resulted in something really great. (As we know, that's where the magic happens, right?) It also turns out that I've learned a lot from all the time I spent with talented people of Toronto and their craft projects. And, it turns out that I'm a quilter now, even though I'd been denying it for a long time. As I was said in my post last week, it's a club that comes with some great benefits, and I'm pretty happy to be a member!