February 17, 2014

thoughts on a daughter quilt

Child number two will be moving up to a big girl bed this spring to make way for child number three arriving this summer. With a big girl bed comes a quilt! At least, in theory. I have no strong feelings about actually completing it before the bed switch or the baby but maybe before next winter?

I have been pondering this quilt for quite some time. I turn things over in my head a lot. And I generally don't start – or I stall on something I have begun – until I am confident in the direction I want to go. I think I have just about arrived at that turning point for this quilt project.

I am not going to follow a pattern. Instead, I am going to create bands of color like this:

Daughter number two used to say "blue orange" in response to what her favorite colors were. Now she's onto "pink and purple" like her big sister. The color choices are a compromise. I wanted to introduce teal to the room she'll be sharing with sister so that's the teal band across the top. I have the most dark blue fabric of any color but I will be adding purple into that area I think. And then there is the nice pink band to accommodate her new love of pink and to match the pink in sister's quilt.

The bands will be made up of various different fabrics and I think I have settled on them being made up of squares. I will probably stick to multiples of 2 so they will fit together nicely. So 2-inch squares, 4-inch squares, 8-inch squares and so on. Squares will be made up of smaller squares too. I think I need this "rule" to follow to satisfy my need for structure. I have been admiring scrappy quilts lately so I am really looking forward to putting together lots of different fabrics.

Also, I did a combination of ties and hand-quilting with child one's quilt (which was not only my first quilt project but practically my first sewing project!). For this one, I think I am going to do straight line quilting using my machine. Lines that match the direction of the bands. Here's one I've pinned that looks cool with imperfect lines for the quilting. I may also mix up the thread colors. Like using pink threads on the dark blue/purple area so it shows up. I've got some time before I have to make a final decision on that anyway!

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