Friday, April 3, 2015

Woodland baby quilt

How I do love a finish!  And this one was overdue, so it's especially sweet.

Woodland baby quilt

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!

 Woodland baby quilt

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.

Woodland baby quilt

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."

Woodland baby quilt

Woodland baby quilt

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!

Woodland baby quilt

Woodland baby quilt

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!

xo,

Rachel

22 comments:

  1. It turned out gorgeous! I like how you were able to balance your client's preferences with your own aesthetic so you could enjoy the process. And yes, you are not alone in the last minute Easter dress race. I have 3 cut out for my 3 daughters but that's as far as I have gotten.

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  2. Sewing for clients can certainly be a challenge. I am glad you gave it a shot; you never know unless you try, right? I think the quilt turned out beautifully, and I hope your client loves it.

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  3. Rosemary B here:
    Happy Easter.
    I love this quilt. Love the colors.
    I hope you are working on that dress right now, missy.
    I remember doing this crazy sewing at the last minute. What fun.
    I hope this week-end is perfectly wonderful and fun for all of you.
    ❤️

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  4. I think you did a wonderful job incorporating both the likes and requests of you and your client. It's so pretty.

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  5. It turned out beautiful, I love the colors. :)

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  6. It turned out beautiful, I love the colors. :)

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  7. Beautiful fabrics and colors. Well done!

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  8. A really beautiful quilt. I love how well the embroideries mix in with the design and fabrics, this is defintiely one for your client to cherish

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  9. Rachel, it is beautiful. You are amazing.
    Happy Easter to you and all of your beautiful family.

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  10. Beautiful quilt and quilting! Happy Easter to you and your family Rachel!

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  11. Such a lovely quilt and thank you for reminding me about your Chrysanthemum design ~ I was trying to do something similar the other day and just couldn't get it to go right!
    Have a lovely Easter!

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    1. Hope the chyrsanthemum's work out for you. I think they're pretty doable, but someday I'll work towards a version that doesn't have to stop/start so often. Happy Easter!

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  12. Beautiful! I'm sure your client will be delighted. I love the play of light and dark. Amazing how some faBrics coming forward and others retreating really changes the look of a repeating block.

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  13. It's so wonderful! One of my favourites, I think. I always have that, 'I love what I learned, and how it came out, but I won't do it again' feeling with custom orders. I enjoy working with inspiration I wouldn't have thought of myself, but hate the deadline, trying to anticipate someone else's expectations. And I'm having much more fun these days just keeping the quilts myself!
    Can't wait to see Aria's dress!
    xx

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  14. it is beautiful. I am having a similar dilemma with a t-shirt quilt I have been asked to make - incorporating paper pieced blocks, and with not that many t-shirts. It is a challenge, and I will learn lots but I feel under so much pressure!

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  15. Great job balancing her wants and your creative side.

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  16. Fabulous quilting on this. I tried your tutorial out once on a quilt and had great success. Blessings on you and yours, how is baby today?

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  17. Your beautiful quilt is my inspiration for a friends baby shower gift.. she is decorating the nursery in a woodland theme!

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  18. Sew Pretty and I love love the quilting you chose. Makes the whole quilt complete.

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