One of my big goals for the year is to make quilts for the bed in the Wabi-Sabi Overland expedition truck that my husband and I are building. I have been nervously anticipating making the second quilt, and my husband and I just sat down together to discuss design and make plans for how I am going to approach the project.
The starting point for the design is a silhouette of two foxes. Since our surname, Fuchs, means Fox in German, we were really attracted to the idea of having a quilt on our bed acknowledge that meaning. My husband created the silhouette outlines and printed them out on several 8 1/2″ by 11″ sheets of paper for us to doodle on. We also printed the silhouettes at what we think will be the final full size for the wholecloth quilt.
We spent over an hour talking and sketching out various ideas for how to add detail and quilt the foxes. To be honest: at this point in the process I was pretty darn nervous and telling my husband that I didn’t think I could pull it off. In my mind, it’s one thing to sketch out things in this small size and detail, but another thing entirely to quilt it larger and I was wondering just how I was going to get the kind of small detail put into the larger foxes on the quilt.
Thankfully the next step in the process calmed me right down: the larger foxes are not HUGE. They are larger, but small enough that I think I can add a nice touch of detail and pull off what we designed. Whew!
Using a slew of drawing tools and references, I transferred key elements of the design for each fox onto them to help as I mark out the quilt top.
I will be using Kona Cotton in Astral for the quilt front and back, and I have just enough of the fabric on hand to piece together a quilt top and backing. I am aiming to have the quilt finish at roughly the same size as the first bed quilt I made (Kaleidoscope Plus) at 68″ wide by 88″ long.
I will be using Aurifil Forty3 thread for the quilting, and before I start quilting, I have a few test pieces I want to quilt. The first thing I need to determine is the method I want to use to outline the fox silhouettes. My husband and I have discussed just going around and around over the outline several times, using small loops to define the edge (think micro pebble quilting), or doing a back and forth Etch-a-Sketch kind of jagged line (if you scroll back to the detail design photo, you can see where we were even discussing and doodling this detail). It’s time to test them out and pick how to proceed!
In closing, my husband and I worked to represent our personalities with the details inside each fox. Which fox do you think represents me and which fox represents him?