A quilt for Esther

All my friends seem to be having Big Birthday's this year. Lots of zero's appearing and people moving from one age box to the next. One such person is Esther and to commemorate her reaching the big 2-1 I made her a quilt. I wanted it to be special and something that she would love so I commissioned some fabric from a very talented print maker on our course Clare Shepherd. She has just started blogging about her work here, I'm particularly enjoying her Inspiration Station posts. Esther and I have both been in love with Clare's work for several years and it seemed the perfect way to add a little something special to quilt. 

I gave Clare free rein when it came to the colours of the prints and then built my palette around it. I  am thrilled with the great job she did - so much so that it took me a while to build up the courage to start cutting into it.

I wanted to show off the fabric to its best and eventually decided to have one fussy cut block to show off the tower print, contrasted with bigger blocks of the print to show the repeat.

It backed with a Joel Dewberry print I'd been hoarding for a while and bound with a contrasting fuchsia pink cotton. I kept the quilting very minimal and went for 3 inch wide diagonal lines that remind me of candy cane stripes. It is lap quilt sized, just perfect to snuggle up under on the sofa when you don't want to share. 

It is almost impossible to make a super secret project for your housemate and this quilt has mostly been made while Esther's been out at work. This has made me work quickly and decisively, which has been no bad thing. Research for this quilt has helped me realise that my quilts come together most easily when I don't think about them too much. I pick a stack of fabric and then just improvise the sections as I go along. There was a lot of browsing through Ashley's blog Film in the Fridge for improv inspiration and I am itching to get started on my next non college quilt!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It's beautiful!!

I can't wait till I'm 50 ;-p


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