As I mentioned in my Sunday Stash post, I am really excited about a new custom order that I received this past week. I thought I would talk through the design evolution and share the progress I have made piecing this project so far this week.
The design inspiration for this project was a lighthouse lens, and the requested color palette was ocean themed blue. Not only did I do a quick Google image search for “lighthouse lens”, but I also checked out “lighthouse lens quilt” and was elated to see this beautiful design by Dawn Pavitt:
The quilt by Dawn was inspired by blue Briston glass, but it was just the launching point I needed to play with a design for the placemats.
My next task was to run some fabric ideas by my client.
Selecting fabric for a project with a customer is rarely this easy! The Tula Pink Making Waves in Navy and Lizzy House Giants of the Deep were the clear favorites, especially when I found the blue colorway of the Giants of the Deep. Even better, the fabrics look more wonderful together in person than the swatches online.
Once the fabrics were selected, it was time to mock up the design to make sure we were on the same page.
The whole process took about an hour of my time to put together; which is quite quick. Before making my final calculations and placing a fabric order, I made a few test blocks to verify my cut list.
This week, I am really enjoying piecing the placemat tops together (the order is for a set of 8), and I am always thrilled to see how closely a design looks to the graphic mock up.
I have a bit more work to do until I can quilt and bind the placemats, but I have really been enjoying the process and seeing them come together.