Wednesday, June 17, 2015

#cityscapequilt

A couple months ago, my cousin asked if I would consider taking on a commission project.  Now, I generally don't sell my quilts (because, as Molli and Sam have so thoroughly and expertly explored, "We are $ew worth it.")  But being ever so optimistic about my newfound "free time" (read:  maternity leave), I enthusiastically accepted the challenge :: a skyline-inspired quilt in soft blues, greens, and creams for her best friend's mid-June baby boy.


True to form, I kicked off the chain piecing with a stack of 4" oakshott squares, churning out an array of monochromatic HSTs for the "sky" while I continued to mull over how it would all come together.  Until the mid-June baby turned out to be a mid-May addition, at which point I cleared the design wall and starting shaping out that #cityscapequilt sky.  Once I had found a happy medium (read: gradient), I started piecing some improv low volume buildings to fill in the blanks...


After a little rearranging, and some itty bitty baby building construction...


I was ready to bring it all together.


Quilt it.


And send it to its new home.  (Which, I'm told, was going to be inspired by this serene little Serena & Lily nursery.)


From what I hear, it's a big hit.  Which kind of makes my heart sing.  Loudly ;o)

Linking up with Amanda Jean for finish it up friday!

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19 comments:

  1. Just gorgeous. You are very clever - I'm a big fan

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  2. This quilt is just awesome! Perfect for every child, not only a boy:)

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  3. What a gorgeous quilt! You out did yourself of this one. The low volume city is just amazing!

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  4. Looks great! What a wonderful quilt. I like the architectural print you sneaked in there too.

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  5. Awesome quilt design, I love it! Kat @ katandcatquilts.blogspot.com

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  6. Completely love this, really beautifully done! Perfect mix of creams, blues and greens.

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  7. This is gorgeus! I love all your quilts and this is again one special, unique, very creative quilt!

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  8. Congratulations on a uniquely lovely quilt!

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  9. Wow, that is really beautiful! I admire your creativity!

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  10. Once again the ballpark is way over there somewhere and we are all standing around here looking at where you hit it.

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  11. You are one of my FAVORITES! I am always so happy when you post anything, anywhere. I believe you are a rising star.

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  12. I love the mix of HSTs and the improve blocks. It's great that you were able to turn your idea into a beautiful baby quilt that's different than anything I've seen.

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  13. So good! This quilt just sings. What a lucky baby!!

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  14. Wow! A stunning quilt. I like that the motion is in the sky and the stillness in the skyline, a most interesting flip. Low volume certainly worked well for the buildings. knitnkwilt.wordpress.com

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  15. This quilt is a new favorite. Thanks for posting your process. It's fabulous.

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  16. Oh my that is just spectacular. Great dimension in the sky. Very special.

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  17. I'm slowly getting caught up on my RSS feed and saw this show up. As always, GORGEOUS WORK!! I love the way you blend colors into textured expanses, and there's always something interesting in there for the people willing to look closely! <3 <3

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  18. It is lovely! You are the master of LV and tiny pieces + just the right amount of color :)

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