The Montana Quilt

The Montana Quilt

I’ve been working on a quilt for our friend, Eric, who did us a HUGE favor drawing up the plans for my Quilt Cave. Being a graphic designer, he is very in touch with color, and has a sense of design that I’d give my right arm for. Actually, I wouldn’t do that. I have a fear of having only one arm.  I’ve never made a quilt for anyone who cared to have any input. He’s been involved with every step. And do I love the fact that it’s a guy who’s so interested in quilt design??…..yes. I love collaborating like this. This is how is started….

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I cut a bunch of 3″ strips from each color.  Except the top yellow color right under that magenta one….Eric nixed it…too much green.  In that moment, I knew this would be a very fortunate and rewarding experience for me. 

 

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The first strip is always the hardest.

This is the first quilt made in the new studio that Eric designed.

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Eric had several requests: no green (killed me), don’t make it look like a landscape, start with warm colors and transition to hotter colors, 3 shots of turquoise, 2 shots of purple, a few blacks here & there, black & white HSTs for the border, EXCEPT where turquoise meets the edge – those HSTs need to be turquoise & white.  Loved every minute of it! Knowing with certainty that the quilt will be loved is so rewarding!

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Then came the longarm design. Originally, it was to be nothing but stitch in the ditch.  But in the end, Eric requested we turn it up a notch and add some movement in a few (15, to be exact) of the color strips.

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I love, love, love this quilt. I used wool batting, so it’s so soft and poofy.  It will live in Eric’s home in Montana, so it is aptly named…Montana.  It won’t get there for a while, cuz first it needs to experience the Taos County Fair.  Someone, other than Eric & I, has to enjoy this bit of color.

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Thank you, Eric, for letting me make this for you, for sharing your creative genius with me, for creating a beautiful space for me to make it in, and for letting me keep it for a few months!  

 

Thanks for checking in~

Debbie 

 

 

 

 

3 Responses to “The Montana Quilt”

  1. Donna Akins says:

    Breathtaking! You continue to amaze me.

  2. Martie says:

    Debbie: This quilt is just brilliant. That border really sealed it perfectly. You should both be extremely proud!

  3. Becky Nussbaum says:

    The Montana Quilt is gorgeous! Truly breathtaking, Deb! You and Eric make a wonderful team!

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