I've been making quilts for each family member, and since this summer marks my sister's 15th wedding anniversary, I asked her what colours she'd like in a quilt. She responded with cream and beige. Great blenders, excellent neutrals...and a challenge for me since like love scrappy quilts!
Since I'm trying to keep costs down, and I didn't have very much in the beige/cream colour way, I stopped at the local thiftstore to check out their fabric/sheet collection. What a great day it was! There just happened to be a large drive in April, so lots of new stock is being released now - Yeah!! In a few minutes, I had these fabrics! The one on the far right is a large queen flat sheet that will be the backing. The middle column has 2 flat sheets and a table cloth. The left side stack is pillowcases and one men's shirt that I couldn't resist. Total cost - under $30 - so I totally can go to town playing with the design!
My sister has discerning taste...that's the polite way of saying she's picky, right?
I know she'll keep a quilt that I make her, but if I want her to actually use it, it needs to be subtly beautiful.
Fortunately, my Mom gave me some cash at Easter saying "Buy one of those quilting books you wanted at Christmas." YES!! So I placed an order for Judy Martin's Log Cabin Quilt Book. What a FANTASTIC book! I really would make all of these quilts. I want at least 3 of them for myself. The first time I flipped through it, I saw the pattern for Summer Lake Log Cabin and my sister's name popped into my head.
I really love the geometry and movement of the swirly blocks with the traditional light/dark log cabin blocks.
I know with the lighter values of the fabrics I picked up that the contrast will have less impact, but I'm sure my sister will appreciate the more zen-like approach to this quilt. I also want to challenge myself to see the design in a much subtler colour palate (the original used almost sunset inspired colours of pink/orange/greens).
I'm so excited to start this project and I've got some other fabrics in my stash I can add for variety and depth of pattern. My fingers are itching to get stitchin!
Linking up today with Sunday Stash with Molli, and to May's ALYOF goal setting party with Shanna.
Check out my progress on this quilt here.
Mary is a local quilting friend who loves to piece, but gets bogged down during quilting. These are 2 of the quilts I machine quited for her this spring :)
Working with local schools has been very fun and the students are pushing me to design ever more interesting layouts from simple subunits. Take a look at the third quilt I helped to make this year!
Memory quilts aren't always cute and cuddly, this t-shirt quilt is all about hard rock and good times!
A local Mom asked me to turn her children's baby outfits into a bed-sized quilt and I happily agreed!
A very sentimental Mom asked me to make a bed-sized quilt from her children's baby clothes, and this is going to be one beautiful memory quilt!