I've been thinking about making each couple a lap-size wedding quilt for a few months now – something they could snuggle under on the couch to watch movies or just hang out. I'd been putting it off, though, out of nervousness since I had no idea how they'd react. Would they even want a quilt?
I finally worked up the nerve to ask my oldest brother and his fiancee a few weeks ago and to my great relief they said yes! They both have very specific, very modern taste, so I wanted to get a lot of input from them. I knew their quilt would consist of clean lines and modern prints but was reluctant to simply surprise them with something since there was a good chance it might not fit their taste.
After sending them an email with a bunch of links for inspiration and some back and forth emails, they came up with what they wanted: a whole cloth quilt. They chose two gorgeous fabrics:
- Birch Organics' Mod Basics in Abacus Green for the top of the quilt
- Robert Kaufman's Pure Organic in Steel for the back and binding
Assembling this quilt will be a snap. The challenge is going to be in the quilting. One of the links I had sent them for inspiration was for this gorgeous quilt made by Krista at Spotted Stones. They loved the the sense of movement and the modern feel that the long arm quilter (who is clearly awesomely talented!) imparted in this quilt and have asked me to do something similar for theirs. It's going to be a fun challenge, and I've already asked the wonderful Rachel at Stitched in Color for a little advice before I get started. Thanks, Rachel!
Now the countdown has officially begun. I have yet to approach my youngest brother, mainly because I want to finish this one first so that I ensure that I can actually deliver on my promise before October rolls around. They'll still get a quilt, though... I'm just crossing my fingers that it will be finished in time for their wedding!