Hello! This is my first time participating in the Blogger’s Quilt Festival over at Amy’s Creative Side, though I’ve been a
lurker admirer for a long time.
If you’ve been here before, you’ve seen this quilt. I think I’ve shared this quilt everywhere but the 6 o’clock news report, so I apologize now if you have already been blinded (not by science though, I never apologize for that), but I have new pictures for you!
This was my Riley Blake Challenge quilt. We (all who signed up) were given a bundle of fabric to use in anything quilted. That can be a little overwhelming at first, but exciting too. Since we were allowed to add any solids, that’s what I did. Eleven shades of yellow later (yes, 11!), and weeks of long nights and brain wracking later, I had this:
I really tried to go for a random look, without any one seam going the entire width or length of the quilt. So there were lots of partial seams, and one inset seam. It was a challenge, so I have to do the hard things, right?
Then it was time to quilt it. 😀 I had an idea of how to quilt it – I wanted it to look like rectangular stones had been dropped into my pool of sunshine, and the ripples were overlapping. Now I realize that in the actual physical world, the ripples of one stone would die out long before I managed to drop the others (and wouldn’t have right angles to them), but this is a quilty world – we can defy physics a little.
The binding choice was a little difficult, but in the end I went with Kona Storm. Which, if you’re wondering, is the perfect shade of navy blue. Blue enough that you can tell its blue when you’re sewing at 10pm, but dark enough that it you can tell its navy.
This quilt now lives on my bed, snuggled with me and the cat every night. It’s cheered me up when I was sick and sad. It kept me warm through that miserably cold end of winter we had. I love this quilt.
On the name: my husband has declared himself official quilt namer. Its a very important job I’ve been told, and he spent almost as much time as I did making the quilt, thinking of a name for it. His thought process was this: It’s an improv quilt, so it had to be named after an improv jazz song. But, because I’m an engineer, incapable of not doing right angles, it wasn’t a mastery of improv, but a riff on a standard. So the name should reflect this. But I did my own thing, using yellow as a background color, so the name should also reflect that. Confused yet?
He finally decided that “Take the A-Train” by Ella Fitzgerald would be perfect. It was originally an instrumental song, but she added words to it so she could skat. Apparently, this was one of the first songs my husband learned to riff on in his guitar lessons. And it’s a happy song, so that doesn’t hurt. 😀
Fabric: Riley Blake Challenge bundle
11 shades of yellow
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Orient
Thread: Aurifil (3 shades of yellow, though you can’t really tell)
Binding: Kona Storm, machine bound with Wasn’t Quilt in a Day’s tutorial
Entered into the Modern category at the Blogger’s Quilt Festival