Starting off the new year, I am back in the studio working on a new piece for my friend BJ.
She is #20 on my list and while I am trying to do one a week, I sometimes get off track due to holidays and unforeseen circumstances, but now that the holidays are over and so is the remodeling, I hope to be more consistent. Since there are now 34 more to make, I appreciate the patience that it takes to wait for your name to surface.
I have been following your career for many, many years. Taken numerous workshops with you, the most recent being a fabulous week dyeing fabric in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I also have a small collection of your quilts and artwork. So this opportunity for you to make a quilt especially for me is an opportunity I just couldn’t resist.
I would really like a quilt similar to Under a Silken Moon or October Gift. I’ve always longed for the opportunity to own one like either of these.
I think one aspect that draws me to Under a Silken Moon is the glow of the moon through the trees as well as the curvature of the green pieces.
If you would like to make this quilt a little larger it’s OK with me. I’m retiring in February after nearly 30 years with the same company and I’ve decided that this will be a retirement gift to myself!
Thanks so much Melody—I just know I will be thrilled with whatever you create!
PS Have you noticed that quite a few “Make Me a Quilt” folks have mentioned the Allegro quilt as one of their favs?
1. choices of size (with price based on size) 24”
2. orientation: horizontal or whatever works for you, vertical, square
3. color scheme: pastel, high contrast, dark and murky, neutrals, vivid, earthy I love yellow, gold, reds, and greens, hand-dyed fabric, please.
4. surface treatments such as hand quilting, fancy machine quilting, hand or machine embroidery, embellishments or stamping/paint (no beading!) whatever you feel the piece calls for. I have examples of all your surface treatments, so I’ll leave the choice up to you.
I thought I would share my process as I make this quilt. What you are looking at is a drawing and a tracing. The under layer is a large sheet of paper, 32x27" upon which I initially sketched my layout. Then I used leftover paper from the Wonder-Under to trace the best shapes off the original drawing. Since tape won't work on the Wonder-Under release paper, I have to fuse bits of fabric to it to make it larger.