This commission came as the result of one of my craft fair shows. It was fun because the colors were not the conventional ones I was used to, but I loved loved loved them!
Instead of my traditional sashing style, I used the alternating frames look and let the harvest orange and eggplant purple frames play off one another. The backing was the neat brocade print with a darker orange design on top of a lighter orange. In my head I was referring to it as “pumpkin spice” orange. As I went on and kept seeing the colors together I began to like them more and more. I remember debating with my client for a long time in the store over the different color combinations, and I remembering saying something along the lines of “if you want to play it safe, then go for blue.” But we both kept coming back to the orange and purple combo, and I was eager to start.
One thing that made this quilt more challenging was the runner bibs element. The client had read somewhere that sewing them was possible, but I wasn’t so sure. I noticed that one had foam on the back and several had stickers on the front. I kept imagining how my machine would act when it hit that foam and how the stickers would act once the quilt was washed. Neither scenario was good. In the end, she took me up on my suggestion to scan the bibs and then applique them into a block. She had so many that we used up two blocks to make it all work out. It helped when we realized we didn’t need the sponsors section of the bibs and I could crop them out. In the end, the bibs were only slightly smaller than the original ones, and she had her original ones back – unharmed.
In the end it was the color combo that had me so excited for this particular quilt, and I still think it’s one of the best and boldest combos I’ve seen.
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