Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Long distance gifting


Another gifted finish to share today! This one was made for my dear friend M, who recently redecorated her family room. She asked for a medallion style quilt, and I made this 60" x 60" lap size to toss over the back of her sofa.


The design is based on a photo I found using a Google image search, which I printed out and pondered. I think it is an original design by Quiltmekiwi since she doesn't specify a pattern name or other designer. Hers is completely scrappy, which I love too!


The design is made entirely of HSTs and is quite symmetric, so once I decided on the color scheme, it was pretty straightforward. Just lots and lots and lots of HSTs in the aqua, burgundy, dusty pink and creams of M's room.


So how do you get just the right color mix to go with a room 3,000 miles away? With paint chips! While I was visiting M over Christmas, she and her daughter carefully matched paint chip strips to the rug and furniture. I took the chips back to Florida and dove into my stash. I think I got pretty close compared to the chips at the top of this photo. And as an added bonus, many of the fabrics that matched had a cat motif, and they are a kitty-loving family.


The backing is a big autumnal print with apples and flowers. I had used some of this same fabric on the back of some placemats I gave her last year, so I knew that she liked it. I didn't realized how much I had left!


The fabrics are fairly busy, so the quilting doesn't show much. I did big feathers
around the dark outer border, and a fairly tight stipple in the scrappy creams. Each aqua and dusty pink block has a geometric dot-to-dot motif stitched in variegated thread.


The overall effect is lots of nice texture, and I'm pleased with how it softened and crinkled in the wash. Most importantly, M reports that it matches perfectly and she loves it!

In other news, I was a guest blogger on the Wrap-A-Smile blog this week. Many thanks to Ann for inviting me!

18 comments:

Fiona said...

I love it.... came together so well and I'm sure she loves it too.... so much work in all those HST's...
Hugz

Lisa Marie said...

Your quilt is beautiful, and the paint chip idea is genius!

Sew Much For Free Time said...

The paint chip idea really is smart! Gotta store that one away for later! Beautiful quilt!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Lovely quilt - and how kind of you to share it with your friend.

Mystic Quilter said...

I love the colours in this quilt, great idea for your friend to send on the paint chips!

Heide said...

What a beautiful finish! Love the backing fabric.

Kate said...

Gorgeous! You've been really busy on the stitching front.

piecefulwendy said...

You are such a kind and generous quilter. I love that! Great tip on using paint chips for long distance quilts; I never would've thought of that. The quilt is so pretty, and you lightened your stash -- woohoo!

Lisa J. said...

It's a really beautiful gift Louise. I am impressed with how well your fabrics matched up with those paint chips.

Debbie said...

How pretty! You did wonderful blending all those scraps and getting a very soothing effect. wonderful gift!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

It's so amazing all the different design ideas you can come up with using HSTs. This one is beautiful, Louise! I love the colors, too. It will make a wonderful gift!

KaHolly said...

My ability to comment on certain blogs has been compromised for some unknown reason, so I wasn’t able to leave a comment on your interview, but let me say here, “Well done!” It’s nice to learn a little more bout you. Another fabulous finish, Louise! Boy, your machine must be smoking up that boat! It’s a beauty and very thoughtfully done.

Cathy said...

Beautiful finish! What a wonderful friend you are!

Vicki in MN said...

They picked a great person for guest blogging, congrats! Love your Medallion quilt.

Kathleen said...

Wonderful quilt and the colors are perfect. All those half square triangles can be "annoying" but they are so effective. Have to say the trim before you press is probably my favorite way of dealing with them if I can't cut on my die cutter.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Such a generous gift, Louise! I'm sure your friend is going to love it.

Sandy Panagos said...

That turned out pretty! Paint chips come in handy, don't they?

June D said...

Lovely quilt - it's now on my list to make too!
: )