I thought it would be fun to share here a quilt from beginning to end. This is a quilt that was custom ordered from a friend, for a couple she knows who is getting married. I’ve made her one other quilt in the past, and I think it’s fun to just ask for a description of the couple and then for from there. She is awesome because she lets me make whatever I want and totally trusts my judgement. It’s fun
Here is how she described the couple in her email to me :
“katie and pete live in LA and are totally west coast people. they are super earthy and outdoorsy and also like things that are a little funky so feel fre to have fun with it! their wedding colors are grays with a little bit of orangish coral.”
The first thing that popped into my head was to use one of my favorite fabrics ever, which is a solid called Essex Yarn Dyed Linen, in “Leathered.”
It is a really soft linen that feels more like a slightly heavier weight quilting cotton. I also love the subtle color variation. Then I got excited because I found a cool fabric with bears on it that reminded me of the bear on the California state flag, so I decided to use that as the back fabric, and use it as the basis for the color scheme.
(I actually used the bear fabric without the pink that is pictured here.)
So, originally these were the basic sketches I had in my notebook of what I wanted the quilt to look like.
The trouble with the one on the left was that I really didnt know how to make those isosceles triangles, especially a row of them in different sizes. I actually kinda stressed myself out a bit about it and really put off starting the quilt because I didnt know how to make it. In the end, I decided to use the flying geese block instead, and in all different sizes.
I used my design wall to roughly lay out where I wanted the triangles to go, using scrap fabric.
In the end, of course, I changed things around a bit, but it was nice to have a bit of a map for guidance in order to get started. I used a variety of different flying geese blocks, and did all the rows of triangles first, then basically jsut want back and filled in the blank spots with the linen, creating different blocks that were eventually all sewn together to form the top.
The fabrics I used for the triangles were blues, yellows, tans, and one coral solid. They had outdoorsy prints like birds, flowers, trees, the ocean, and a fox print that I really like. It was really fun to make different strips in different sizes and then put them back together like a puzzle.
To quilt it I just extended all the lines from the triangles out until that ran into another triangle, or off the quilt. I used my favorite fabric pens, the Frixion, which totally vanish when you iron over them! They are fun to use.
I really love the design that the lines from the quilting made, especially in the places where they intersect and overlap.
I used three different fabrics for the binding, tan, yellow, and blue, which I think is fun and adds some more interest since there is so much negative space in this one.
The back of the quilt was all the bear fabric with a 12″ stripe of the linen toward the top. I like that the fabric is an interesting an unique pattern but isnt loud or crazy and still has kind of a soft, muted feel, even though I think it is still pretty modern.
I also painted on the couple’s name and wedding date in one solid blue triangle.
I loved trying new techniques on this quilt and it is definitely one of my favorite ones to date. I almost hated to send it off! But alas, I did, and now I have room on the design wall for my next project!