I guess it's kind of like an athlete's wall when racing an endurance challenge. It's merely mental!
So, my first commissioned quilt, designed from scratch by moi, and the person commissioning the quilt wanted to help out. The last part was a no brainer for me. Quilting is a lot more fun if you get to share the experience with someone. And the person commissioning the quilt was giving it as a gift to a family member - a truly exceptional handmade gift!
The quilt requested was to adorn the bed of a newly-wed "hipster" couple. Now, I can describe a hipster person to you but a quilt? After a bit of thinking it dawned on me to go with a linen fabric for the background.
|Essex Linen and Cotton in Putty from Robert Kaufman Fabrics|
It is about as non-traditional as you can get when it comes to quilting. And we decided on a modern take of flying geese as the main design. So, non-traditional playing off of tradition. This is really what most hipsters do (even if they don't admit it!)
The second request was to use organic patterns. I immediately thought of Lotta Jansdotter and we started pinning fabrics until we decided on two.
|Vikings: Crosshatch Sketch in Rust from Timeless Treasures|
|Bella: Finn in Sunspray by Lotta Jansdotter for Windham Fabrics|
I found that Pinterest was a great help in this part of the design. The online mood board was the best way for both of us to share ideas without meeting in person.
I had about 3 weeks to sew this baby up. Note to self - if you can avoid doing this in the future, do so. I was a tad stressed those few weeks. Hand sewing the binding to the back took a good week of free time after a full day of work! The design process was much shorter - about 2 days of working with the client. This is definitely one of my favorite parts of the process!
I have been using Illustrator a bit more than CAD lately to do up my designs. I like both but think that Illustrator is superior since I can add color to my design.
And in the end I finished up with this beauty of a quilt:
(Yup two dye lots if you didn't notice. The problem of trying to buy 11 yards of fabric online at once along with two other fabrics).