Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ocean Quilt

My cousin's daughter, "K", got married earlier this summer in San Francisco and they just had a reception up in Seattle for friends and family that didn't make the trip.  This is my 3rd quilt for K ... a high-school graduation quilt, a law school graduation quilt, and now a quilt to celebrate her marriage.


I haven't seen their San Francisco digs ... but her mom said think lots of blues and grays ... so i was at least pointed in the right direction!

I had personally fallen in love with a quilt that I made my sister last year and wanted to try a variation of that one ...

I started laying it out on the design wall ... and it looked too boring (top photo below) ... so I then added a little "new-growth green" and it was exactly what was needed to spice it up a bit.


On the other quilt, I had used gray as the main solid ... which I loved, but wanted this one to pop a bit more ... so I used Kona white instead.  

For the back ... I over did it as usual.  I have this "thing" for backs ... I LOVE piecing them and usually go overboard with something that adds little value but takes up a LOT of time.  In this case, I probably added 3 hours of time to the quilt for something that is visually appealing, but probably not interesting to many people besides me < sigh >.  I used Kona white on the top third of the back and Kona ash on the bottom two thirds.  


I bound it with Botanics in blue by Robert Kaufman, with one strip of navy solid on the long side to ground it a bit.  I quilted it with overall meandering pattern with white cotton thread over the entire quilt ... hoping to get that scrunched up crinkle that I love so much.  


If I had made it for me, I would have probably preferred the kona ash that I used on my sisters version ... but for this young couple just starting out ... I think the white was definitely the right choice.  Hopefully K and here new husband will find it handy as the fall chill starts to hit the air in the coming weeks.  



Hope you're having a great week out there ... 

All the best,
Lisa



7 comments:

  1. I love the whole quilt. That back says, "I made this personally for you because you're important to me." Obviously the front does, too, but you could have slapped a plain backing on it and been done. Instead, you took the time to personalize that side, too.

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  2. I agree with RObby - personalized. Love this!!

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  3. Love it and I am sure they will as well. I too agree with Robby that the back personalises it and it makes it a double sided quilt.

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