I decided to make quilted valentines for my family this year. After making valentines for Hannah and Emily - which both turned out cute, and will be in future blog posts - I set out to make Scott's, which gave me all sorts of problems! I knew I wanted to use a word - grateful - which is my Word of the Year. Scott totalled our car 3 days before Christmas, and walked away with nary a scratch, for which I am very grateful! :)
Rather than piecing the letters - as I have seen on many other blogs, like over at 15 Minutes Play, and in Tonya Ricucci's book - I decided to fuse them. Melody, over at fibermania, was doing a Quilt Along in February, teaching us how to fuse a small art quilt. I decided to use solids partially because of the great work of my friend, Sujata, over at The Root Connection. So - off I went, preparing my solids with fusible web and cutting out letters. It was all going so well! I laid all of the letters on a nice piece of solid gray fabric....
....and I hated it! My creative flow came to a screeching halt. I remade several of the letters (I hadn't fused them down yet), with different colors...still hated it! I hated all the letters in a row, the same size - even staggering them, still hated it.
So then, I thought it looked too dated, not modern enough - so I cut a piece of this great new black and white print. Fresh, lively, so much better, right? NOPE - still hated it, not right. I thought long and hard about what kind of quilts appeal to me, and I thought of the great scrappy quilts over at Nifty Quilts - and then it hit me!
I had just enough of the perfect print for the background - these adorable doggies! (sorry, don't remember the fabric designer) It was a modern print, but with a vintage feel - perfect! and it was perfect for Scott, because of his love of dogs.
This was looking so much better!
The quilting turned out great - lots of straight line quilting, inspired by quilting friends Victoria (15 Minutes), and many others. It took a few tries to find the right binding fabric, and am so glad I cut it on the bias (thanks for the nudge, Sujata), not my usual crossgrain.
So you see, I had lots of fun quilting with my friends - even though they weren't here! Thanks for all of the inspiration, friends!