I've got quite the line up of quilts that I'm quilting or that need to be quilted right now, but I guess I can stand to start just one more baby quilt. This one is a mix of some favorite brands and lines: Cloud 9, Liberty Lifestyle, Nani Iro, Shott Cotton, Art Gallery, and a 30s reproductions. Leave it to me to roll all of them together, right?
The scrap compositions I've been working on are so much fun for me right now I just can't stop! I've already got another one in the wings to work on. This time its with many of the leftovers from my medallion quilt, which I'm sure will have some of you excited for the colors. The pieces are a little larger than the other scraps composition's pieces, but I think they'll do just as well. Maybe they'll even come together a tiny bit more quickly.
I've made great progress on the wedding quilt for my friend, its amazing how quickly I can piece something together with my machine (haha)! Since I don't usually sketch my designs beforehand its been interesting to reflect on the process a bit as I go. It is interesting to see that even with a better notion of the finished project at the start, the quilt itself will still surprise you as it comes together. I think I may need to venture into the land of free motion quilting for this one. Its just too large to be hand quilted in time for any occasion, even one a little ways away!
This is the last photo you all will see until its finished and gifted. Sorry for the tease! I have to try to keep some element of surprise here.
My scraps project continues. Tiny pieces make for a tiny quilt! This little guy is only 8"x8", but I'm really glad I saved these scraps. These are very quickly rivaling the fun of a baby quilt since I can hand piece and quilt them pretty darn quick. I have a feeling there are going to be a lot of these piling up around my house, vying for space with Tim's canvases. The sharp edges have me thinking of making a few more sculptural pieces too. My curiosity about trying something even more 3D will surely have me stitching something new up very soon.
This one's in the shop in case you've got the perfect wall to make its home.
I'm working on a wedding quilt for one of my dearest friends (sorry if you're reading this and I'm spoiling the surprise), and this time I worked out a rough sketch of the design to keep me focused. It's not exactly a piece by piece sketch because there are actually additional 9 patch squares forming the large center X of squares. Basically its a 9 patch inside of a 9 patch, inside of a 9 patch - if that's confusing enough for you, then you can understand why I needed a bit of a sketch to get myself started.
I think a handmade wedding quilt is one of the the most meaningful gifts you can give a couple. There's such a long standing tradition of wedding quilts created by brides-to-be or by the bride and groom's friends and family as a gift. I love the challenge of making them just about as much as I love making baby quilts, even though they're bigger and require much more commitment to complete. It's really a pleasure to think deeply about a couple's shared style and aesthetic while laboring over several weeks or months to complete an interpretation of their union in fabric.
Since I've learned how much I love making both of these types of quilts I've decided that I'd love to collaborate with folks to help create custom wedding and baby quilts as gifts for their friends and family. I'll just ask for a little bit of information about the recipient and their favorite colors, decorating style, and taste. Then I'll whip up a design proposal similar to this sketch to make sure that I've got the right thing in mind. Once we agree I'll get to work! I've added some details in my shop for both custom wedding and baby quilts and the required deposits.