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.
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!
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.
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!