I’ve mulled it over and was really torn between several finishes in the past six months. I’ve finally narrowed it to my ‘up, up and away’ quilt (it just narrowly beat out gravity).
This is a very special quilt to me. It is my youngest’s first big boy quilt, my first ever challenge quilt for the Modern Quilt Guild, and the first pattern that I’ve ever drafted from scratch and made. It’s the quilt that made me begin to think I might, maybe, just maybe, have a shot of entering the quilt design and pattern making world.
The base fabric is a grey from Moda. I love the design so much as it is so scrap friendly, and it is so simple and yet striking. I love the way the splashes of color pop against the gray. I backed it in a bright and cheery yellow polka dot from Riley Blake. I’m pretty much a fan of anything polka dotted, but sunny yellow ones are the best. (And red. Always red. But I digress.)
I think this is also my first truly “modern” quilt. As I find my way in the quilting world, I’m learning that at heart, I seem to lean towards the modern with a happy helping of traditional mixed in.
I quilted it in a spiral – it adds so much movement and texture to the quilt. While it does take a long time, the effort is worth it. And it makes me want to quilt everything in a spiraling pattern.
From the time this quilt was finished and bound (and even before), it has been loved by my son. He sleeps with it every night, and it sometimes makes the occasional trip to the beach. It means SO much to me to that he likes it and that it’s both artistic and functional.
And one of these days (as soon as I clone myself, or stay up all night), I’ll move the pattern from my sketchbook to the digital world. I can’t wait.
This quilt is defines what quilting is to me, it’s the beginning and it’s the future. I really hope you like it too!
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