How I do love a finish! And this one was overdue, so it's especially sweet.
Woodland is a commission baby quilt, the first commission I've accepted. I finished piecing the quilt top a little over a month ago, the day before Eleni was born. Today, at long last, I found time to quilt and bind it. Yay!
My client provided her own fabrics and embroideries and shared some photos of favorite quilts. With these inspirations, I chose a quilt design that appealed to me. I incorporated some of my own fabrics too, to help express my vision for the work.
The hardest part, by far, was choosing a quilt design (or basically getting started!). She likes asymmetrical design, but I kept being drawn to repeating quilt block styles. As a compromise I created asymmetry with careful placement of value (light vs. dark fabrics) in the quilt blocks. The way the colors create different shapes and so much movement - well, that's my favorite part about the quilt and certainly wouldn't have happened if I hadn't had the asymmetrical "assignment."
Some have asked if I'll do more commissions in the future, but I think not. Just like anyone else, I prefer creating from within without any constraints. It was much harder than I had thought it would be to incorporate her embroidery. The combination of aiming for asymmetry and using the embroidery had me stumped for a good while. That said, challenges are always learning experiences. Now that it's finished, I'll just focus on that!
I chose to free motion quilt Woodland with a chrysanthemum design, which made it easy to avoid the embroidery. Didn't want to quilt over that pretty hand work! I think the back makes a nice contrast to the front, and it's always great the way solids show off quilting.
All right, this is off to my patient client. And now, I have exactly 1 day left to finish that Easter dress. I know I'm not alone!
Enjoy your weekends!