This super-sized improv block quilt, finished last summer, remains one my my favorites, both for its simplicity and for the little extra details that make me smile.
I made this for a friend who told me she liked solids and Gees Bend quilts a lot (who doesn't?), and more subdued colors than I usually work with. I went ahead and created an XL improvised patchwork strip with navy, cream, and a hint of violet. It was so fun to make, and I couldn't resist adding some quirky elements.
I hid some little vintage-y print scraps with tape measures, as well as some hand-stitched details.
It's a relief, sometimes, to work with a constrained palette, and I think solids swing the quilt's focus to shapes and patchworked textures.
It's backed and bound in medium gray, with the exception of tiny bits of bright green and violet that I couldn't resist!
It's quilted in double organic horizontal lines-- close enough to give it some structure, but far enough apart to keep it very soft.
I'm really interested in continuing to make quilts with this blown-up quality: taking a quilt block concept and making it extra-large. Like this one, too. Hm.
Sometimes, even if you're feeling a little bit too grown-up, you can still just wrap yourself in a quilt.
This quilt was also featured on Modern Day Quilts, an amazing eye candy collection that never fails to inspire!