Sunday morning I finished the last stitches on this commissioned quilt. The brief for this quilt was to use blues but other than that I had free reign on the design and that is what I love best at times.
I came up with the design on my way home from dinner at my brothers. Him and his girlfriend have similar colors in their living room and from a design point of view I wanted to do something very modern, uncluttered, yet striking. Inspiration also came from this quilt, Katie 'from the blue chair' made a few months ago.
I then filled in the space between the blocks for which I used mostly strips of 2 1/2" width until I had a rectangular around the log cabin blocks. The final but most difficult part was to add solids until I had the desired quilt size. Difficult was that I ended up sewing large solid pieces on the bias and we all know what can happen with that. Let's say it took me a while to get this one square and a lot of measuring and resizing was involved.
My original quilting plan was to go in diagonal straight lines but eventually I abandoned it in favor of circular quilting to give it that wonderful extra dimension. I fear that this way of quilting is fast becoming my signature style because I come back to it time and time again. Many of you commented on the first post that the colour reminded you of the seaside and beach. Somehow that hadn't crossed my mind but after reading the comments I thought I might as well add a little bit of actual seaside to the back. The sea star prints are from the 'Going Coastal' collection from crazy old Ladies that I still had in my stash. I also added a few strips of blue/white gingham from a very old bed sheet that I salvaged from my sister a while ago. The remainder are solids that I used on the front (see first post more colour details)
I kept the binding simple as I wanted to give a feeling of infinity when looking at the front of the quilt. The background fabric including the binding is Kona Putty which I absolutley love as it has a very soft cream undertone somewhere in the middle between off-white and proper cream. Very subtle and beautiful.
Do I love this quilt ? Oh yes I do very much and it is most definitely in the list of favorites of the year. I will be a little sad to see it go but I guess I can always invite myself to another dinner at my brothers' and check-up on "my"quilt.