Over the summer I started taking quilting classes and really enjoyed it- always thinking of my mother and grandmother, as both were great quilters.
I chose these fabrics for Anson because they remind me so much of him and his taste in clothing and design. Even the sashing in the quilt has writing on it with formulas and calculations throughout the design. Many of the fabric designs were very organic in feel- and no one loves organic anything more than Anson. (I’m somewhat concerned that he might try to eat the quilt because he is always seeking out organic foods.)
This is a quilt that I really enjoyed selecting the fabrics for. The women at the shop were concerned that it would never work out because there wasn’t enough contrast, however that didn’t stop me. I’ve really taken to the whole Steampunk movement and this is very reflective of it. When I took the quilt back to the shop they couldn’t believe it and nothing could have pleased me more! Many of the shops are very set in their ways and not receptive to breaking tradition.
Oh such pleasure I had making this quilt from start to finish. While in North Carolina I went with my niece, Kim to buy some fabric. I know the type of patterns and colors that she likes so we had a lot of fun selecting a few pieces.
When I returned to Los Angeles I went to a few of my favorite shops and built upon what we had started with and ended up with 32 different fabrics that are all in the same palette.
The next part is where I really started to enjoy quilting. I had previously purchase a quilting software, EQ7, and with that software I was able to completely design a quilt for Kim from start to finish. The program takes into account the dimensions of the squares, the border, sashings and bindings. It even gives you the template dimensions and estimated yardage needed for each piece of the quilt.
This is what I drew for Kim in EQ7:
And this is what it looked like after I added the fabric selections:
After piecing the quilt I also added a monogram to it so that she will always remember the occasion that I gave it to her.
It means so much to have someone as special as Kim in my life- and even better that she is my niece.