Monday, December 26, 2011
Here is my progress so far on Edward's quilt. Edward is my brother-in-law, and this quilt started as sort of a "thought challenge." Edward is a very urban guy, not at all country, and not a big fan of a lot of colour either. So all the usual men's quilts that you see, with moose or fish or tractors, would not at all be appropriate. He is a snowboarder, but I knew that wouldn't be right for their uptown house either. I wondered if it would even be possible to design a quilt he would like.
I decided on a black, white and taupe colour scheme, and started to search my go-to website, eQuilter. When I found this fabric, I started to have the germ of the idea:
The Asian warriors were sufficiently "manly" without being kitschy. Edward and my sister met in a Tae Kwon Do class, so that was appropriate too. This fabric will be the border, although I am now a little worried that the wine coloured circles will clash with the brighter Chinese red of the other fabrics. So many of the co-ordinates that I found had kanji or other Asian scripts on them, that I decided to use only them for the rest of the quilt. I am always a little concerned about using script that I cannot read - if you read Hanzi Smatter you know what I mean - but I hoped that quilt fabric would be pretty safe.
The design has also gone through some variations. The original plan was Sawtooth Stars (which seem to be my favourite block), but then I saw this design in Carrie L. Nelson's Schnibbles book, and knew it would be perfect. I had to buy more fabric, of course!
Sadly, this quilt has been a UFO for about a year, but I am really hoping to get it done before work gets intense on Sedona Star. Did you all see this Zits cartoon this week? It hit close to home!