Quilt Consultation Results
Back in March, I shared a little quilt consultation album I had sent to a friend, to help her choose what she and her husband would want for a baby quilt.
The album was a hit at her baby shower, and it was passed around and conversed over, and if you ask me, that is a good thing in itself. At showers, it’s nice for guests who don’t know each other to have a topic of conversation.
Husband and wife of course did not agree on exactly what they would want, and I think were even a little reluctant to express their opinions. But I assured them I love a design challenge, so I asked them to let me know their favorites, and I would find a way to combine them. (Or possibly make two quilts.)
Here is what they sent:
The dad’s favorite was made from orphan blocks I had gotten from a friend when she moved, and that quilt had been donated. So he was Team Traditional.
The mom went more into the Modern area. Her favorite was one of three I had made, based on this quilt from KatyQuilts, and it was actually still available, but they were looking for a different color palette. She said, “If the pinks in that quilt were blues, it would be perfect.”
And then she said the magic words, “I trust your artistic judgment implicitly.”
So here is what I came up with!
The leaves are based on a table runner from Alexandra Ledgerwood’s Improvising Tradition. She made the same scrappy leaves, but she sewed curved seams to piece them into her background fabric. I didn’t trust my sewing skills to do that, so I fused them on top of the background fabric, and then stitched around them.
I used Wonderfil Invisafil 100-weight polyester for the stitching around the fused applique leaves. It gave a flatter edge to the applique than the usual ridge from 50-weight thread, and I really liked the look.
The only bad thing was that on one leaf, I realized I had left the fusible paper in place on the back of the leaf! It crunched and crinkled, and I had to take that leaf off. Then, ripping out tiny little stitches of 100-weight thread took forever, and there was no re-using that leaf!
And right after I removed it, I thought, “I should have just said I left it in there on purpose, to let the baby enjoy that crunching noise.”
My plan was to place the leaves perfectly, so that when I quilted around them, the shadow of the leaf would appear in the color block on the opposite side.
This turned out to be much trickier than I had expected. The only thing that saved me was that I used Quilters’ Dream cotton batting, and unlike their wool batting, it was so thin, I could feel seam allowances from one side, right through it. I had the back with the big squares basted to the batting. I placed the solid gray fabric on top. I could hold all those layers up to the window, and see through them, to see where to align a leaf with a square.
I chose gray thread for quilting, to help blend the colors together.
So, the baby is here (and it is a girl), and the quilt has been delivered, and it was well-received! I loved making this quilt, and I have enough extra leaves, to make myself a wall hanging.
Now that is a beautiful quilt, and such a clever design! I hadn’t ever thought to have a book like that. Great idea!
I could happily turn out these little books over and over, and maybe not even get to the real quilt. 🙂
That is fabulous!
Thank you, I love all of Alexandra Ledgerwood’s designs, and I think this is the third quilt I have made based on them.
Nice marriage of the two different quilts on the backing. The front leaves are perfect!
Yes, if you don’t look too closely at the seams in the background fabric…. 🙂
You are soooo talented! And don’t you find that the more you explore and talk to others, the more new designs you want to try?
You are so right, for me the designing is the most fun, although I do get a lot of satisfaction from using up a scrap or a spool of thread. But one idea just sparks so many more.
And thank you for saying I am talented. I view myself as a happy dabbler. I think of someone like Yulia Brodskaya that you showcased as being truly talented. 🙂
It’s wonderful! And, really, two quilts in one, with such interest on both sides. Well done!
Thanks, I am happy with the effect, if not with the level of craftsmanship. But it was done in time to welcome the baby and that is the important thing! 🙂
Leaves are a favorite theme of mine and your quilt is well done!
Thank you, I was really happy to use that design from Alexandra Ledgerwood, it really appealed to me!
beautiful. Such a wonderful gift to receive.
I’m a fan of Alexandra’s designs as well. What a clever way to make both sides of the quilt interesting. Where were you when I was pregnant and could have used such a lovely gift? Of course that was 30 years ago, and you were still in high school then.
Oh, you will have to change your name to Diplomatic Quilter. 🙂
It was fun to make, and I have extra leaves. I need to work with them quickly before I forget all the things I learned while making this one.
What a great quilt! I love it!
Super design! I am so impressed how you were able to take Team Modern and Team Traditional (love those monikers) and have a result of such a great quilt. My favorite part is the front…and the back. I hope they loved it!
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