Earlier this year my Aunt Mary contacted me about making a quilt for my cousin and his fiance. Of course I said yes! We decided on a travel theme with a modern-industrial vibe.
This was the original fabric pull. The solids fit the modern-industrial bill and tied all the various colors in the travel-themed prints together. Although, after playing with the layout, we did end up omitting a few of them to keep things from getting too busy. I'm a big proponent of less is more. There is nothing worse than a design getting lost because the chosen fabrics are too loud, or there are just too many of them.
As for the design of the quilt, we opted for a circular shape, showcasing the prints and solids in wedge-shaped pieces. Basically, it's a modern Dresden plate quilt with lots of yummy negative space. The circular shape of the design is a nod to the guys' love of traveling the globe.
The shot above gives you an idea of how I constructed this quilt. I appliqued the wedges to the large circle and then added the smaller circle after that. (The dark center circle above was the test block I used to make sure I had the right size before cutting into my dwindling supply of the ash colored background fabric.)
This image gives you a good look at how everything came together and also provides a detailed look at the quilting. I love the nubby texture the linear quilting adds to the quilt. The wedges were cut at different angles to prevent things from looking too uniform.
A close up view of my favorite travel-themed prints. I seriously swooned when I saw that Paris print...and that map print. We loved that one so much, we used it on the back. (See below.)
Another of my favorites is the stripey binding. I am a sucker for a good stripe and this one is a beauty! I love the distressed look of those wide, brown stripes next to those creamy white & brown narrow stripes.
The finished product.
I'm happy to report that this throw sized quilt was received last week and that it's new owners were pleased with their gift!