I'm so behind on posting finished quilts this year; but I plan to remedy this over the next few months. So let's get to it!
First up, the constellation quilt which my cousin Suzi & her partner Dee commissioned as a wedding gift.
This was one of the most fun quilts I have worked on. I wish I could take credit for the cool design. but that was all Suzi. The happy couple had a Navy and Brass color scheme for their wedding so that's the palette we used for the quilt. I love the way that brassy gold pops against the blue "night sky". Suzi liked the idea of stars and then came up with the brilliant idea of incorporating the Virgo constellation, which would be in the sky the night of the wedding.
I printed out an image of Virgo and used that as a guide. Suzi and I decided to add a little character to the quilt by using wonky stars and imperfect circles to represent the major stars and other space objects that make up Virgo. I used a combination of piecing and applique to construct the constellation.
We decided to keep the quilting simple, opting for straightish, diagonal lines in one direction. Most of the lines were quilted using a 50 wt Navy shade of Aurifil; but I randomly added a few lines of a 50 wt gold shade to keep things interesting. It gives the quilt a sort of shooting star vibe.
We opted to use an unexpected print on the back. It coordinates nicely with the background print on the front and adds a fun pop to the quilt. Also, don't you love the label? Using the happy couple's initials and the heart was another of Suzi's great ideas. I love the simplicity of it.
I can't wait to make another quilt featuring a constellation. It's a unique twist on a personalized gift. In addition to celebrating a marriage, I think a constellation quilt would be a fantastic birthday gift!
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I made this quilt on a whim because I just had to cut into those beautiful ombres as soon as I got my hands on them. Don't you just love the way the color gradations makes the quilt appear to be shimmering?
FIFTY YEARS! Can you even imagine? Not having gotten married until the age of 36, and being married less than eight years myself, I can barely imagine a 20th anniversary, let alone a 50th. It's definitely a milestone worth celebrating, So when my sister reached out about having a quilt made for her in-laws big day, I was thrilled!
The worst thing about commissioned work is that I rarely get to see the recipients receive their quilts. This time, however, I was lucky enough to be there when one of my recent finishes was given to a lovely pair of newlyweds.
Today, I'd like to share a couple of things.
First, my Etsy shop is up and running. I've added new tab under the blog title with a direct link for your convenience. Most of my quilts are commissioned works; however, from time to time I will make something on a whim because something inspires me. These are the quilts you will find for sale in the shop. I will post here when I list new items. If you want to receive automatic updates, I suggest following with Bloglovin' or following the RSS feed (see left side bar).
Next, the Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions exhibit at the Ontario (California) Museum of History and Art is now open. If you are on Facebook, you can see some great photographs by Paul Broeker here. This is the quilt I have hanging in the exhibit. If you scroll through Paul's pictures, you'll see it hanging among some beautiful quilts.
I wanted to take a moment to share the details of the Modern Quilts: Redesigning Traditions exhibit at the Ontario, CA Museum of History and Art. My quilt, Hexie Rebellion, was accepted to hang in the show. This quilt is a modern interpretation of a traditional hexagon quilt.