A friend contacted me in November to discuss having a quilt made. She is a breast cancer survivor and she is currently recovering from a knee replacement. She has a bright outlook on her future, and she wanted to celebrate turning the page on illness in her life with a cheerful quilt. Hearing her discuss her optimism and hopes for the future touched me and made me so excited to create a beautiful lap quilt for her.
We live at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in central California, and she loves the mountains and being outside. After getting a good list of things that she likes and her vision for the quilt, I spent some time creating a couple of designs. We both quickly agreed that the bold and graphic quilt I called “Out of the Woods” was clearly the quilt to develop.
Another one of the sources of inspiration that was discussed was water and the flow of life, and I also kept thinking about her description of a journey and a path coming out of a forest. I selected a backing fabric whose dots seem to be a path flowing down a river and going around obstacles or even like the dots on a hiking trail map.
My friend is in no particular rush to receive the quilt, so I had the pleasure of taking some time to work on other projects and stepping back from the design for a while. Early last week, I knew it was time to come back to this project with a fresh perspective. I decided to “play” with the design a bit and evaluate using some modern prints instead of solid fabrics, and after a quick look at how the design was evolving, I was excited enough to see if my friend liked the prints over the solids.
My friend was enthusiastic about the modern prints and asked me to continue pursuing the idea. I couldn’t help myself and selected a selection of Carolyn Friedlander prints. Not only is Breeze in Sky from Carolyn’s new Doe line beautiful, but it really captures a sense of topography and movement of the constant wind that we live with in our mountain pass town. I also selected the bright yellow Mercury by Alison Glass for the sun. I increased the size of the framing border a bit and slightly reduced the sun with some offset to get the scale a bit more pleasing.
The Out of the Woods quilt design should create a flimsy that is 72-inches wide by 88-inches long. I am really excited to start working on this quilt!
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