While things have certainly been progressing for me professionally in quilting, it has meant a lot more “secret sewing” recently. It can be fun and exciting to work on projects behind the scenes, but I honestly really love when I can share more about the process of a quilt as I go along on my blog. So, I am very excited to have a few social sewing projects coming up!
To start, I will be making another baby size Lucent quilt for some very close friends. The dad-to-be and I worked closely together on the SpaceShipTwo program, and he is like a brother to me. His wife is a very close friend – she’s someone that has the ability to bring out the best in everyone around her. I am so excited for them as their family is growing. Oh, and they also have an adorable cat whom I have had the pleasure to “cat sit” for on many occasions over the years. I pretty much adore the entire family and I am looking forward to getting to know Baby Carter soon as well.
The Lucent quilt design was quickly decided upon in January, just before my friends moved away (but thankfully they are only about a 5 hour drive away). Once they were settled in after the move, the mom-to-be initially discussed elephants, ducks, and yellow as a general them for the baby quilt. I put together the first layout to just get the conversation started, and she really liked the gray, yellow, and white elephant print. From there, we decided that an additional color was needed and we found a fun mulit-color polka dot print that worked. I also quickly transitioned to a Essex Graphite background for more contrast. From there, it was a process of selecting and trying different prints and moving the placement around to quilt to settle on the final layout.
The fabric for the quilt arrived early this week. The elephants are a soft flannel and will also be the backing for the quilt, and the multi-color polka dots will be the binding. I just have one project to finish up (that I will share with you next week) before I can cut into these fabrics and get started. The baby shower is being held on April 1st (no joke! har har), so I have plenty of time to get this ready to gift to the family.
I am also going to participate in (and am a sponsor of) the Freefall Quilt Along that is being hosted by Sandra @mmmquilts! The QAL starts March 20th and we will be making a 38-inch square quilt to be finished by June 15th – so the pace is very reasonable and I am really looking forward to sewing along. Sandra has shared a few posts about the QAL already that you might want to read over to see if you are interested in joining us:
I picked some Kona White for my background, a Northcut black and white star print for my “shadow leaf” and a selection of jewel toned Alison Glass 2017 Sunprints for the small leaves in the QAL. I’m already looking forward to the start of the QAL next week!
And just yesterday, Rebecca of Bryan House Quilts and Sarah of no hats in the house announced the 2017 Pantone Quilt Challenge. I am going to put my thinking cap on and see if I can come up with something to enter (the submissions will be open May 19-29, 2017). The Pantone color of the year, Greenery, is so much more enticing to me than their color(s) of the year from last year.