Friday, February 21, 2014
Straight and Narrow - Finished!
I started this quilt way back in May, when I went to a quilt show on Mother's Day weekend. There was a vendor there, Kallisti Quilts, with the most gorgeous Japanese fabrics. I fell in love with the taupes and thought they would be the perfect choice for a quilt for my husband. He had been using our daughter's wonderful I Spy quilt that my aunt and her friend made, but it was time for him to have his own. The understated palette and blend of texture and subtle patterns made these fabrics perfect for a masculine quilt that didn't rely on golf clubs and fishing lures to be "masculine".
The pattern is Whisper, by Blue Underground Studio, and is one of the patterns she stocks. She had some gorgeous samples made with this pattern and I loved the gentle undulation of the accent strips and the shape of the blocks echoing the accent strips. Handily, each pair of fat quarters resulted in four finished blocks, so it was easy to keep track of putting it all together.
Well, the stealth paid off and he had no idea what I was up to. To the point that when he opened it on his birthday, he said, "Oh, this is nice." Fortunately, his hubby radar triggered a red alert to an imminent explosion and he took a closer look. He said, "Did you make this????" I said, "Yes! Of course!" and he took another look and really started to appreciate it. He explained that he thought I bought it because he had never seen me working on it or any evidence of it around. So he looked in more detail at it and really started to like all the different plaids and textures and inlaid strips. This is one of my favourite projects so far and no matter how much I see the fabric, I love it more each time. I decided to call it Straight and Narrow.
So that's the quilt - it took a while to find a good day to get a picture of it. The backyard has too much snow to hang it on the clothesline, so I had to wait for a day when my husband was heading out to go cross country skiing and I could ask him for a quick favour just before he went. "Just a quick picture of your quilt." ... "No, not there, I was thinking on the fence." ... "Well, I was thinking more drapey." ... "I was thinking a little more drapey and flowy." ... "No, it doesn't matter if it falls in the snow." ... "That's fantastic! Now can I have a closeup?"
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