A day before the Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon in Portland, my husband and I went on a bike ride to explore the city— we saw so many cool things. One memorable sight was an old neighborhood that had four rose gardens in it’s center (this is where I took pictures of the Garden Star quilt). Our further biking exploration led us to a strip with a few local shops. We found a funky second hand store where I fell in love with a rug that I found (also my inspiration for this quilt). So I took a picture of it and hoped that one day I would make something like it.
When I found out a childhood friend was getting married, I decided to do something special for her. From me, loved one’s usually get quilts as wedding presents. A baby gift. However, if you’re my niece or nephew at some point you will get a quilt as well. My current niece/nephew scorecard is six quilts done and six quilts still to go. With this project being for a childhood friend I really wanted to do something that I’ve never done before, like a signature quilt. This was the perfect opportunity to make one since we were going to have a bridal shower for her.
When I started researching signature quilts and saw this design I thought “oh yeah!”. However I wanted to make sure she would like it. I gave her three to four options of quilt designs and she narrowed it down to two. Then I asked her what color scheme she preferred and she said grey. This caught me off guard since I’ve never done a grey quilt, nor have I done a quilt with just one color, but I was up for the challenge. The search for a fabric pallet that I liked was a bit difficult, but I did it.
I completed the blocks before her shower and it was a hit! The blocks were signed by the guests and now all I had to do was put the quilt together. I actually created a blog post where I talk about this, to read more about that click here.
I will say, I had a hard time deciding how to arrange the blocks. My options were: 1) I could randomly spread out the different tones of fabric or 2) I could keep them together. I decided to keep each fabric in the same row. I think the row with the darkest grey fabric pop out. Personally, I think this made the quilt look really modern. Sadly,I missed the wedding, but I will be shipping this memorable quilt out soon.
In the end I had 10 blocks left over. I plan to add yellow and purple fabrics to bring me to 25 blocks so I can make another quilt from this design… since there’s no such thing as wasting fabric!