The next quilt that I'm not making
My Mom has 2 sisters and each of them had one daughter. Then my Mother decided to overachieve and add 3 boys to the mix. But that's another story for another day. Of the 3 cousins, I'm the middle one and I'm fortunate to live in the same city as my oldest cousin. The youngest lives in Florida as we don't get to see her often. But Debra and I have lunch each month. Since neither or our mothers are very gossipy we use that time to try to put together any tidbits of information that we've heard into some sort of logical narrative about family happenings. Lately, though, we are mostly talking about wedding plans for her son, Clay.
Mom and I decided that we would make Clay and Lydia a quilt for their wedding gift and, as with tradition, it will not be done by their wedding in May. We'll shoot for the Fall when they will be working in Virginia.
Lydia likes the colors of iris and this is the color palette that I came up with for the quilt. This is very ironic because Clay's Great-Grandmother LOVED iris and had an iris flower bed that was about 20 feet long and 4 foot deep. She would have loved these colors too.
Clay and Lydia are performers. He's a drummer and she's a dancer so they will be spending their time traveling all over the country living a nomadic life for a while. We do not want to make them a quilt that's "special" and required special care. We really want to make them a "blanket". So I designed a very simple pattern made up of 6" half square triangles. I picked 6" as the block size because I have the GO! die for the 6" HST. We'll let the fabrics do all of the heavy lifting in this quilt. The wide lavender border in the pattern will be the gradient.
It only took about 2 hours to starch and cut all of the fabric. I packed it all up and it should arrive in Mom's mailbox today for sewing. When she's done I'll dye a quilt back and quickly quilt with a very light custom treatment like continuous curves.
While Mom's sewing the top together I can play with these .
Tina in NJ
3/23/2017 12:37:41 pm
So, Clay is your nephew on your mother's side, which makes his great-grandmother your grandmother, but not necessarily the one you're talking about. Since you know all about her love of irises, though, I'm guessing you're talking about Lura, as in your Lura's Choice quilt. Am I right, or just confused?
3/23/2017 02:32:53 pm
I am in a group that will be doing 'barn quilts' this month. I've never made one before. Mine will be small - 2 ft. x 2ft. The design I picked is called, I think, Stepping Stones, and is very similar to your design! It's a much simplified 4 patch, which is all I'll be painting. My colors will either be yellow, red and green or yellow, orange and red.
3/23/2017 02:57:33 pm
neat to be able to share the work of the quilt! nice too that you and your cousin meet once a month for lunch - I have so many brothers and sisters but very few cousins and do not know many of them at all and the one I correspond with the most I haven't seen since he was a baby and he is 14 years younger than me! But his mom is the aunt I was closest to and so I have heard all about him his entire life and we chat on facebook and his wife too.
3/24/2017 08:54:10 am
Oooh those lovely scraps. I save mine for adding into my weaving.
3/24/2017 09:53:08 am
I love your colors and of course, love iris. My grandmother and grandfather passed on their love of iris to my mother, to me and to my oldest son. He has beds all around his property and in every color. I so love coming home when the white iris are blooming as they stand about 3 feet tall. They welcome me to my home.
3/24/2017 10:53:07 am
The gradient is so lovely and spring like. We could use some spring.
3/24/2017 11:37:48 am
What beautiful colors!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.