Friday, February 20, 2015

a Commission

This time, I caved.  I've always turned down requests for custom quilts in favor of other projects nearer to my heart or to my business goals, but this time I was entirely won over by her choice of fabrics and the concept - a woodland-themed baby quilt. 

Woodland in Sweet Tea quilt pattern

My customer sent the deer fabric and the stack of fabrics on the lower right.  I've pulled some coordinating fabrics up top.  These peach, icey aqua, teal and golden hues are just what I'm feeling this time of year.  Oh, and she's sent some embroidery to be included too!

Woodland in Sweet Tea quilt pattern

I struggled more than I thought I would to settle on a quilt design.  She likes asymmetry, which for whatever reason I had trouble combining with the concept of embroidery.  Eventually I decided to build the quilt with a symmetrical block, but to use color and value asymmetrically.  Plus, I'll occasionally modify the block to keep things entirely off balance, while also incorporating large cuts of picture fabrics or embroidery. 

Woodland in Sweet Tea quilt pattern

Woodland in Sweet Tea quilt pattern

I've developed a quilt block entirely based on Amy Friend's Sweet Tea pattern for Basic Grey.  It's shrunk to 7.5" x 12" finished for my purposes. 

Oh, I SO hope it turns out well and that the customer is pleased!  Crossing fingers!

21 comments:

  1. Oh I love it so far! Such wonderful fabric choices, makes me want to go put in my feather earrings (remember everyone was wearing those, or feathers in their hair a few years ago?)!

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    1. Yes, I do remember! There's just something so romantic about feathers. I have a feather necklace - my favorite!

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  2. I love the fabric choices. You don't happen to know where the deer fabric came from do you? I'd love to know. eliz.i@sympatico.ca

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  3. Rosemary B here:
    Wow, love the fabric.... I love the chevron type colorful fabric, what fun. also the light orange blender. sweet

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  4. I love the dark teal. I just finished a Penny Patch with runs of that color. (Also red, green and yellow). I'll post a pic when I get it back from the long arm. cute pattern too!

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  5. Just beautiful fabrics. I can see why you caved. :D

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  6. Oh my. That deer fabric! What does it say on the selvedge? Can we find it somewhere? I must have some!
    Good for you for taking a commission that yo like.

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    1. I just found out that my customer got all of her fabrics from Spoonflower. Here is the link to the deer fabric: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2494865.

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  7. Oh wow, I would cave too! It's just beautiful!

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  8. Love the deer fabric. I know you put your heart and soul into a quilt so it is always a risk. Good luck.

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  9. it is hard when the person commissioning the quilt has very clear ideas. But you will do a beautiful job - of that I am certain :-)

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  10. that deer fabric is awesome and great coordinating fabric. I think the quilt will be beautiful,

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  11. Love it so far :) Commission quilts are hard.It will be beautiful .

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  12. I like her choice of fabric, too. You do beautiful work. I know it will be another masterpiece!

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  13. Wow that fabric is so gorgeous! Those deer! Those chevrons! The coral constellations! Brilliant! It's safe to say I'm in love :)

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  14. Nice. Love the block. You just gave me an idea for a memory quilt I have to make.
    Can't wait to see your finished product

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