I delivered the Cocoa Leaf mini-quilts about a week ago and spent some time with my customers discussing design options for the larger, queen size quilt. I drew up some pretty nice hand sketches and colored them with colored pencil, and I am kicking myself for not photographing them before leaving them with the customers. Oops. So I pulled out my colored pencils and re-created the leading concept this afternoon. A bit more preface: I have been really drawn to the quilting detail and “pop” that a solid gives a quilt, so the idea is to have relatively large, single color objects to use for quilting fun.
I explored some other quilt designs and layouts, but it turns out that due to the inspiration piece we are all drawn to the idea of a medallion quilt. In terms of sizing, I would like the edges of the rainbow colored border that transitions the round medallion center back into a square/rectangular quilt to go to the edge of the queen size mattress, so roughly 60″ by 60″ at the edge of that border.
We carefully color matched with my Kona color card to the drum lamp in the natural light of the room, and we have selected the following 15 colors:
For the background colors, we are working to decide between 3 shades of off-white:
In order to help us decide, I tried to re-create the medallion in EQ5. I struggled to get the center medallion to work for me; the lines kept disappearing in my custom block design, so I altered the pattern that I think we are going to go with (as seen in the hand sketch above) in order to get something to work. I also really miss seeing some of the veining / quilting detail in the leaves. So my takeaway is that quilting detail will make or break this quilt design.
Another thought would be to remove the center rainbow border around the cocoa leaf medallion and let there be a lot more negative space:
At the moment, I am personally leaning towards keeping the rainbow border in the center, and I am slightly preferring Champagne over Cream for the background. I also know that there needs to be some space between the rainbow border and outer cocoa leaf border (again, more like the hand sketch than the EQ5 rendering). My customers are thinking all this over, and when I see them again in a few weeks, we are going to take a look at the stained glass window over their headboard (previously not seen due to window shades being drawn) to see if the stained glass window offers up any other design elements we would like to include.
I am enjoying the laid back nature of this project, and I am excited to see how it is going to continue to evolve!