Some friends are expecting their first child at the end of the month, and we all were excited to work together to create a special quilt for her. Life has a way of meandering, and between all of us, finding a time when we were healthy and able to sit down together to discuss color, design, and fabric was not looking like it was going to happen. So even though we’re basically neighbors, we’ve been communicating via email and I am excited to move forward on making a quilt!
Before I talk quilts, I have to say that attending this baby shower was a lot of fun. One of the suggestions was to buy a book instead of a greeting card, and my husband helped me find his favorite book as a child. when I say it was my husband’s favorite book, I mean he can still recite by heart many of the nonsense poems in the book. We found the book used and it was exciting to buy it and get a chance to read through the book before gifting it.
Yes, that’s right, the title of the book is the end of the first poem in the book: “A Great Big Ugly Man Came Up and Tied His Horse to Me”!
As I was standing in the street,
As quiet as could be,
A great big ugly man came up
And tied his horse to me.
Other favorites include:
There once was a man from Peru
Who dreamed he was eating his shoe.
He woke in a fright,
In the middle of the night,
And found it was perfectly true.
What a wonderful bird the frog are
When he stand he sit almost;
When he hop he fly almost.
He ain’t got no sense hardly;
He ain’t got no tail hardly either.
When he sit, he sit on what he ain’t got almost.
I’m a huge fan of rhyme and silliness, and both parents are just as tickled by the book (hooray!).
So, back to talking quilts. I started off by presenting the parents-to-be with 5 different color palettes. I assured them that we could find other inspiration if none of the palettes I shared spoke to them immediately, but they both quickly agreed on Color Palette #5.
After that, I got really excited and sent off 2 different quilt design concepts. Not knowing exactly which colors they were the most drawn to in the palette, or if the white in the color palette was something they were interested in, I used the lightest gray as a background and told them to let me know if they wanted to see more of any one color and if they would prefer white as the background.
To my delight, dad-to-be gave me a call a few minutes after that email and affirmed that white and green were definitely to be used more. Great! He also mentioned that he was really excited about the idea of a quilt design that would give his daughter something to puzzle over and think about. So, loaded with a bit more information, I created 6 more design concepts, and the one I was the most excited about appealed to them as well (I love it when that happens).
I have rummaged around in my stash and found great options for all the colors except for the light blue; the light blues in my stash run less gray than this one reads.
Mom-to-be had also expressed delight in the Maureen Cracknell Birds of Night in Slate print I used recently, and it coordinates beautifully with this color palette, so yardage of it was acquired for the backing along with a small bit of yardage for the light blue (and isn’t it a fun mind game looking at the graphic trying to pick out which is the light gray and which is the light blue in the design?!?!).
I have even come up with a preliminary quilt design concept based on the Fibonacci sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8). It’s still subject to change, but I think it could be a fun idea.
The Name Game
I love naming my quilts and quilt designs. In fact, my husband and I love to play the name game. I think it goes back to my husband’s fondness for silliness and rhyme; his family is very creative and the name game is something that he excels at. This particular quilt has been a stumper for both of us, though.
Right now I’m just calling the quilt “Design for Zoe”, but it has a feeling of an aerial view of a city, or a perhaps it is an assembly view of a bunch of cogs and wheels, or a representation of the way a family or community is connected and joined together. Just like the dad-to-be wanted, this design can be interpreted as so many things, and thus naming it any ONE thing seems like a disservice. So, my ideas based on these thoughts are:
- Choose Your Own Adventure
- All Paths Lead Home
- Eye of the Beholder
If you have any ideas for the name, I’d love you to share them!