They’re lovely, lovely spaces, with deep brown furniture and warm yellow walls. The thing is, neither room looks as if it is home to a quilter. I needed to remedy that.
I decided the spot between the two front windows in my living room was a good place to start. A tall lamp lives in front of that wall space, preventing me from hanging a mirror or framed print there, but I thought a mini quilt would work well. Pulling inspiration from my new friend Caitlin’s work, I started making half-square triangles (you might think I’m partial to half-rectangle triangles, but I love making HSTs just the same).
|I had been waiting for the perfect project for these low-volume charms. |
I was pleased to put them to good use here.
Each one has a yellow half and a low-volume half. I bought the yellow fabrics for a project that I abandoned before I even got going with it (I was going to make this quilt in grays and yellows). The low-volume fabrics were from a charm swap that Chelsea (Patch the Giraffe) and I organized last year. In other words, this mini was made entirely from my stash. Whoopee!
|I can spend months on intricate quilting projects, but my favorites tend to be |
my more simple fabric endeavors, like these half-square triangles.
I wanted this mini to serve as a backdrop—wallpaper, even—that would anchor the space and the lamp without being a focal point in itself. I think it works.
|Bright as Yellow in her official spot in my living room.|
Very few projects of mine take this course. I don’t like creating for a specific room. Usually, the throw quilt or mini quilt comes first—and then I determine who will receive it or how I will use it. I think quilting is more fun that way. (One exception is the quilt I made for my mother-in-law, for which I trooped through quilt shops in Massachusetts and New Hampshire with one of her pillows in tow!)
|I wish I could use a single-fold binding in all of my projects! I love how the gray |
Zen Chic fabric frames this mini.
How about you? Do you do “commissions”—whether they’re real ones that the recipient has a lot of input into and compensates you for or one that you tailor to your own décor?
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