Name: Proverbial Sunshine
Design: Proverbial Quilt, Denise Schmidt
Size: 75" by 78"
Fabric: Scrappy yellow and grey, with Wild Carrot in Straw, Madrona Road, Violet Craft for Michael Miller. Bound with Haystack in Graphite from the same line.
Quilted: by me with Aurifil 50 wt in white
I started making this quilt last summer as part of a quilt along with Krista from Poppyprint making use of Denyse Schmidt's Proverbial Quilt pattern. I had to think of something to say on a quilt. It didn't take me very long to figure it out as this has long been something I sing... just because. I knew it had to be in yellows and greys. That just made sense. I wanted the letters to be scrappy grey and the background to be a mixture of yellows. I added in some special yellow prints like the Seed Catalogue fabric, some with clocks and there are even some yellow prints with fleur de lis. My husband is French Canadian, a farmer and has a special interest in the big ideas around time and this one is for him. I knew that the Wild Carrot print in straw from Madrona Road would be perfect to add into the quilt and that the Haystack in graphite would be the perfect binding. I just had to make all the words. So I did. I worked away at it one word or phrase at a time. I sang a lot. How could you not? Then I had a quilt top! I love it. I backed it with a vintage sheet with faded yellow daisies. But when I took pictures of the quilt just the other day, I forgot to take a picture of the back so you are going to see one I took when I finished the quilt with some snow on the ground back in December.
The quilting was a bit of a puzzle because I could not decide what to do about the words. I ended up leaving them alone. I quilted the sashing in straight horizontal quilting, about an inch apart in Aurifil 50 wt in white. I waited to do the rest until I opened my Christmas book wish, Angela Walter's book on free motion quilting. I used the u-turn quilting leading up to words and between words. The quilting is quite dense in these u-turns and adds a great texture to the quilt. I will say that the u-turns are not perfect but I really like the look.
and the back with snow from last December when I finished the quilt....
I made it for my husband and it brings with it sunshine, love and song. Proverbial Sunshine. And a perfect choice for me to enter in the Blogger's Quilt Festival. It feels good. Did you sing along? Linking up with Amy for the Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring 2013.