I recently learned that my aunt, my mom’s sister, is having some major surgery next week. Nothing life threatening, just majorly life improving… But she’s going to have a 2-3 month recovery, and that doesn’t sound fun. She’s far from me, in Pittsburgh, so there’s not much I can do to help out.
But I CAN send a quilt to snuggle under during this prolonged recovery, right?
I realized that I would have just barely enough time to crank one out before the big day- and I had the perfect fabric in mind.
Do you remember last year, when the one and only Amy Butler came by my favorite local crafty store?
I won that fabulous charm pack of Cameo– and it’s been waiting for the right project ever since. I love it- but the colors aren’t 100% me (the coral, specifically), and I never know what to do with precuts.
BUT! The colors are just right for my Aunt… And I realized I could make something quick but lovely with HSTs. So my mom, who agreed to “sponsor” the coordinating solid, backing, and batting for this project, and I headed out shopping. We ran through a number of greens that weren’t quite right before settling on grey. It compliments all the may colors in the Cameo squares, and also looks sophisticated.
I got down to HST business right away.
I was truly living dangerously on Saturday night- wine AND rotary cutting!
I ended up with 60 5″ HSTs.
Time to play with the million and 1 possible layouts…
But both, while they looked great, were waaaaaay too small.
So I tried adding in solid grey squares.
But I didn’t find the layouts nearly as visually pleasing with the extra grey- and, I admit, I was totally afraid of trying to quilt in those blank solid areas!
So, next idea: make more HSTs with coordinating solids.
This solution was better but not perfect. More visually pleasing to me than the grey squares, but, the Cameo pieces looked better all by themselves, I think.
What do you think?
(PS that’s a moot question, because …)
I put the top together already. It measures 36×45. Still not as big as I wanted- but I didn’t want to add even more solid blocks. So now I have 3 choices- and I’m asking for your input.
1) Leave it alone. It looks lovely as is, and the weather will be warm to hot while she’s recuperating, so it’s more for cheering up than warmth.
2) Add a border of solid grey to some or all of the sides.
2) Add a border of one of the cameo prints- I have a yard of this one:
(I was planning to use it for binding but I could sacrifice to make the top bigger…)
4) Something I haven’t thought of yet.
And, in case you are wondering, the backing is going to be a sage green minkee. Super cuddly and comforting… My hope is to have this totally done by Sunday and in the mail on Monday, so it will arrive just in time.
Thank you in advance for sharing your ideas with me!