I made this queen sized quilt for someone who gave me the size, some potential color combinations, and then said, "whatever you want!" Which is always both fun and a little nerve-wracking. I was having trouble deciding which of her color options I wanted to use, and finally I decided to combine them and use all of her suggestions at once. I wasn't actually too sure that would work either, but I went for it: lavender, teal, grey, brown, and mustard yellow. When the fabrics all came in I was relieved and excited about how cool it was all going to look.
I used Denyse Schmidt's pattern Stacking the Odds, which I've had for a couple years and never made because the concept of templates kept putting me off. I think it's funny the way these custom quilts are motivating me to try patterns I've been meaning to try for years! (Like the sparkle punch quilt here.) After all my hesitation, this quilt actually went together really quickly, considering its size. The cutting was slow because of the templates, but I felt like the piecing flew by. I will definitely be making more of this one. I'd love one for our guest bed.
This was only my third big quilt, and the second I've quilted by machine. (My very first quilt was queen-sized and hand-quilted!) As I said on Instagram the other day, if I ever want to do another queen-size or larger quilt, I need to buy a bigger sewing machine. Because, yeah. My little basic machine—which has served me very well for the last 5 years!—just doesn't have the throat space to maneuver a big quilt like this around. It can be done, obviously, but not easily (for me or the machine). So I kept the quilting simple, with straightish lines every 3-6 inches. My dedicated quilt model would say it was as hard to photograph as it was to quilt. I kept the photo shoot short because his arms were getting tired!
I'm not usually a purple person, but this quilt may have converted me. I absolutely fell in love with a purple solid I purchased to use in the top, and ended up ordering 7 more yards for backing and binding. (It's Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Lilac, for the record. So pretty.)
So, long story short: I love this quilt, I loved pushing myself with an unusual color combination, I loved working with this pattern, and everything is awesome. I leave you with this photo of my curious future quilt model:
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