I've never had anyone shoot one of my commissioned quilts before, but when your client is a professional photographer, I thought YES, PLEASE!
AM I RIGHT??? So ridiculously good!! Her son Adam is a perfect quilt model, and the Ragdoll is just the cherry on top of the yummy quilty sundae.
My lovely client (who through a series of messages and emails, and Instagram has become a friend) Patrina asked if I'd make a cream quilt. My first thought was "CREAM?!?! WTF do I do with cream?!?!". I don't take to change very easily, people! But the more I thought about it, the more I thought I'd love to do something different. Aside from the quilts for my mum and dad, I rarely veer too far from the norm.
I ended up falling in love with this quilt. Utterly in love. It really started with me choosing the fabrics and seeing them all piled up so prettily. The quietness of the fabrics was just beautiful. I played around with a few ideas of what to do for a pattern, then I thought courthouse steps would be brilliant because you could lump the same fabrics together and make them stand out against the others. I like when my idea works out.
See? You can actually see the fabrics in their glory.
The strips on the blocks ended up being 1", and I'd have loved to have made them smaller, but the quilt would've ended up weighing a tonne. But I think the effect is achieved... I'm SO pleased with how this turned out.
I played around with border ideas for a while and decided to make them even more quiet than the blocks, so I went with Kona solids. I can't remember exactly what they are, but I *think* they're Kona Parchment and Kona Khaki. I think. I need to label things. I know I say that a lot but it doesn't get any less true or any more labelled. Ahem.
I quilted it in a crosshatch to keep it soft and squishy since the many, many seams made it so heavy already. And then just a straight line in the border so that it stood out against the courthouse steps.
I love this quilt so damn much I ended up planning a courthouse steps quilt for our bed... in some Denyse Schmidt fabrics that I've been hoarding! Sort of like a celebration of the new house! :)