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.
I made this quilt using the Mingle pattern from Amy Ellis's Modern Heritage Quilts, one of my favorite quilt books. The only modifications I made to the pattern were adjusting the size and adding a thin border to help preserve the outer points. The quilt in the book is a 3x4 layout which makes a baby sized quilt. I used a 5x6 layout which, along with the border, increased the size to approximately 52"x63".
We chose a sea glass palette; making this the second quilt I've made using these colors this year. Not that I'm complaining - these blues and greens are one of my very favorite color combos The stars consist of solids, textured solids, and some tone-on-tone prints. The solids and textured solids are from Craftsy's Boundless fabrics and the prints are from a Jinny Beyer collection. I used Kona Silver for the background and binding.
I used a Boundless Ombre print for the back of the quilt and absolutely love it. I will definitely be doing this again. Now, if Craftsy would just start printing it in wide back I'd be a very happy girl. I kept the quilting simple, opting for double straight lines along the horizontal, vertical, and diagonal seams. This quilt has a beautiful drape and is incredibly soft; but still has a lot of yummy texture. I used Aurifil in 2600 for all the stitching; 50 weight for the piecing and 40 weight for the quilting. As usual, I chose a 100% cotton batting, Pellon's Nature's Touch. I love the low loft and that it's so breathable.
I'm pleased to report that the bride and groom seemed very pleased with their new quilt. I'm also pleased to report that I have plenty of leftover fabric from my two sea glass quilts to make one of my very own...someday!
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