October 19th, 2009
This is the quilt I’ve been working on since January of 2008, according to this post and this one. It was inspired by the Gee’s Bend quilts that I love. Quite a few of those quilts are based on the bricklayer pattern. I thought that particular pattern would be a lovely one to begin a marriage cuddled underneath–the idea of a foundation increased piece by piece and an interlacing of daily life. I used the Katie Jump Rope fabrics mostly because I couldn’t stop looking at them and they reminded me of the recipient this quilt was made for. I intended to use a lot of the cream fabric so that the colors and pattern would really stand out, and it would be a mix of a country-ish fabric with a more modern design (like the couple).
I finished piecing it in January of this year and then started in on the hand quilting, yes, the hand quilting (while pregnant and then with a newborn and a deadline). I always kick myself after I start in on the hand quilting because I over-do it. I decided to quilt each brick of each square and then do an intricate wedding band-ish pattern on the lazy-girl strips that run the length of it. Man, those took forever. But I wanted to instill this quilt with my love for them and create an heirloom that they can pass down and share with their generations. I hope it provides them warmth and comfort, too.
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