Stupidly I didn’t check my phone yesterday and just before I went to bed I saw a message with the exciting news that the twins* have arrived. Yippee….but I still haven’t decided on a design for their quilts yet.
I’ve been playing around with “twin star”, working it on white (but then hesitate as I wonder if that is such a practical colour for babies), mixing it with different coloured nine patch blocks.
I love scrap quilts but at the same time I’m trying to restrain using every colour (or fabric) under the sun, I want the quilts to be bright and cheery but not so bright they just become a big old mash of colours. The quilts aren’t going to be huge so I don’t want the colour to overpower the design.
I then tried out using nine patch blocks which would be the same repeating colour/fabric combination…..and tried it at the same time as colouring the “twin star” background rather than leave it white……. maybe if the background fabric was very pale, but right now I’m preferring the white.
Then I decided to go a different way and work the twin star as a block quilt with sashing in between…I love this style of quilt (it’s what I’m slowly planning for “dear ethel” though she’s more of a sampler being made up of different blocks rather than one repeating.
Last year I made the “churn dash” quilt for baby Ivo, it comprises a series of small “churn dash” blocks and then I used white sashing and assorted fabrics for the intercrossed squares, and that still looks nice in pictures I’ve seen with baby Ivo cuddling it (he’s nearly two so not really baby Ivo anymore).
I had a little play in the margin, colouring the “twin star” in different ways, seeing which combination worked better…and I’m still undecided. It’s really difficult designing for twins. I’d like both quilts to match, but look different…but I don’t want one quilt to look nicer than the other. The fabrics for each quilt will mostly be the same (reproduction fabrics from the 30’s) with a few unique to just one quilt so whatever I make they’ll have those fabrics in common. It’s a really tricky dilemma.
Being told “make what you like, any colours will be fine” is both the nicest thing to be told but when there is such a variety of blocks and fabrics and colours suddenly it makes designing a quilt feel difficult. I’m sure this is just me having a bit of one, and if you are reading it are then thinking “what is she on, this sounds like a wonderful commission, she must be nutty”……
*their names are Peggy and Pearl.