One more quilt done! It was completed about a month ago, just in time for R’s birthday (he turned 7, if you can believe it – I certainly can’t… ).
The biggest mistake I made with this quilt was asking the birthday boy how would he like his quilt to look. this led to several weeks of going back and forth, deciding and un-deciding, drafting ideas and throwing them out the window, and eventually settling down on a pluses quilt design. I was inspired by this quilt (via fabtalk), from the “I love patchwork” book.
I would have gone for something more random, and with more subtle tones, but R likes vibrant colours, and doesn’t like the randomness. We split the difference and ended up with a compromise which I enjoyed making, and he loves to cuddle in.
I used fabric from my (steadily growing) stash, which these days includes mostly online purchases. I was glad to find a use for the two greenish and mint solids – when I first got them in the mail I considered immediately donating them to the nearest charity… While they looked very bluish on my computer screen, they reminded me too much of green hospital uniforms in person… Of course if I had read the name or description I could have realized they named them sea foam GREEN and mint GREEN for a reason, but I was too busy fabric shopping to bother… lesson learned!
I think the end result looks good, though, and it was an interesting challenge to venture outside my normal colour comfort zone (did any body say grey?…). Since R actually liked these colours, I used up the leftovers for the simple pieced back as well.
Other fabrics used here were Mendocino Seahorse by Heather Ross, Posie in slate by Denyse Schmidt (from the county fair home dec collection), and a lot of Ikea’s beige cotton for the background and binding.
Oh and the quilting was much easier this time, since it was all straight lines, no pivoting anywhere…
I’m hoping to make at least one more quilt for our living room this year, keep your fingers crossed for me – will you?