And sometimes I can't help myself.
When I make a quilt, I strive to mix fabrics in a way that makes each block and then the quilt as a whole...sparkle. That sounds terribly girly and immodest. Maybe shine is a better word. I want each block to get its own time with the eye. I want the finished quilt to make your eyes move around the entire thing. The human brain is fickle and impatient and makes snap judgements. Some quilts can easily be summed up by the brain as two or three colors/shades--one pattern--symmetry--light--dark--okay, I get it--I'm moving on to look at something else.
I want my quilts to make the brain do a double take. What?--I don't get it--Why would you add that color, too?-And what is with that pattern next to that one?--And how many freakin' shades of one color do you really think you can get away with here?
I can't really judge if I achieved that here. I'm still too close to it. I can tell you that I am not a good enough photographer nor do I have a good enough camera to truly capture the colors and the values in this quilt.
And this is the second best. See? Annoyed...by holding up his own darned quilt.
I guess I am a pain in the butt with the camera.
Oh well, here is the back. I used one of my favorite DS Quilts manly prints on the left, a green IKEA sheet on the right and some ash gray solid and KF shot cotton.
The labels are kind of schmoopy. "to lovebug from indigo bunting" comes from the inscriptions on the inside of our wedding bands. I think it is healthy to remember the old nicknames as we are married longer. It softens the annoyed looks and bossy lady moments. "I think I like you" is the name of the quilt and I blurred out our last name on the final label.
Martha Negley, Farmington, Feathers, Twig Branches, Tree Rings
Anna Maria Horner, Innocent Crush, Bubble Burst and Woodcut
Anna Maria Horner, Field Study, Fine Feathered
Carolyn Friedlander, Achitextures, Ledger, Blueprint and Scribble Notes
Denyse Schmidt, Hope Valley, Prairie Rose, Diamond Dandy and Cactus Calico
3 Sisters, Etchings, Antique Architecture
Erin Michaels, Lush, Wood grain and Painter's Palette
Parson Gray, Curious Nature, Starcomb
DS Quilts, Richmond, Plaid and Tiny Berry
Sweetwater, Hometown, Small Text and Marketplace Floral
Timeless Treasures, Sketch Basics
Joel Dewberry, Modern Meadow, Herringbone
Suzuko Koseki, Kitchen and Arts Crafts prints
Melissa Averinos, Dazzle, Basketweave
Violet Craft, Madrona Road, Memoir
Art Gallery Oval Elements
Sarah Watts, Timber and Leaf, Tree Rings
Cori Dantini, Beauty is You, Tiny Seeds
Dear Stella Honeycrisp
If you made it all the way to the end of this post, thank you for your patience. I think you can tell that I'm happy with how this one turned out.
I hope your sewing projects shine, too.