huck’s quilt

I made a quilt for a friend’s brand new baby:
huck's quilt

You can see here one of people’s favorite squares. I think it stands out primarily because it is different. And really it was an attempt to disguise a mistake!
huck's quilt detail

I am relatively new to patchwork on a larger-than-pillowtop scale. In my ramblings through the wealth of inspiration out there in the world, I have been asking myself: what will my voice look like? I do have an overall signature style, at least according to a dear friend of mine who recently went through my entire flickr photostream on her iphone! How will that sense of style-self translate into a medium that asks of me something I don’t know how to give: precision? The nest box quilt was one answer. My current project is another.

Instagram Photo

I am making a quilt for a friend who is moving to Hawaii. I wanted to make something bright and cheerful that she and her daughter will enjoy, but after a few sketches and a few flying geese, I still didn’t feel like I had the right idea.
Then I ran across this conversation over at daintytime, I decided to allow myself to relax into what I do best: cut shit up and sew it together. This time, I will let my design be spontaneous and guided by a blend of Chaos and Intuition! Next time I will measure again. I think I might make an economy block quilt…

I am linking this through to Amanda Jean’s Friday Finish for this week. It’s nice to have something done to show off!

nest box quilt finished

I finished the nest box quilt last night.

nest-box-quilt-front

pretty excited about this finish! This quilt cemented the bond between my Juki TL 2010q and I.

my-new-Juki

See, it looks like it is having fun! I love my new machine. I think it’s spirit animal is a donkey. That is a good thing.

Back to the quilt:
I got inspired to make it after checking out the book Japanese Quilt Inspirations from my library several times.
This quilt was especially fun because every 6″ square was a small study in color combination.

nest-box-quilt

Once the 88 squares were finished (during a house-sitting gig for a friend, on her machine which I named October Storm for the fact that it sounded like howling wind. I could not find any oil for that poor thing anywhere there…) I laid them out while listening to Get The Knack. Layout took one-and-a-half sides, of the album, that is.

The backing fabric was dear to me, and hard to use up for this job, but it really was perfect for the quilt. I tell you, though, I have been to the fabric store three times to purchase this print, it is so versatile and perfect for my emerging quilt design style, although it is hard to tell in this photo how cool it is. Now I think it is gone, that was the last of it.

nest box quilt back

While putting the finishing touches on this quilt, I thought a bit about quilt labeling. You see, this quilt is going to be sold this weekend to a work friend, who is giving to a friend of her’s who is a new mom. It is advised that one label one’s quilts, especially if you are in the business of selling them, for obvious marketing purposes. The more I thought about it, though, the weirder it seemed that I would put my name on an object that hopefully will become an artifact of a person’s childhood. It is their privilege to make it fully their own. So, no label, but I will make a hang tag with business name and website…

So, yeah, this finished project is linked to AmandaJean’s and Sarah’s Friday Finish posts.