I'm so excited to finally be able to show this quilt to you! This is my you + me quilt, which I designed and made for the first issue of GenerationQ Magazine. Instructions and the pattern for you + me is in the magazine, and I must say we are in pretty good company. Just check out the cover.
And I've got an extra copy to share with one of my readers, so keep reading to find out how you can win it!
I was so honored when my friend Scott Hansen asked me to design something for their inaugural issue last fall. He had originally asked for it to be made in other colors, but as the magazine got closer to print, Scott asked me if I could make the quilt in orange, navy, and white. It was a bit of a stretch for me to do that because those are not normally my "go to" colors, but I was excited to challenge myself with the design.
I started by drawing the design, to scale, in my sketchbook like I always do with my patterns.
When I sketch out designs, I use these Pitt markers by Faber-Castell. I really love them because they have such great, bright colors, and the brush tips make filling in large sections of color really easy, but they are also tapered enough to allow for smaller, detailed work.
This was the first mock up that I finished. I liked it, but I felt like the blue was a bit overpowering, so I drew it again, and changed the layout of the colors.
I liked this version better, so this is how I made the final quilt. The fabrics I used are all Kona solids by Robert Kaufman, who generously donated everything to me for the project. The orange is their Tangerine, the blue is Windsor, and the white is Snow.
There was such a tight deadline with this project, so as soon as I received the fabrics from Robert Kaufman, I went to work. I took a few shots of it in progress on my design wall.
It was really fun to see it come together and compare it to my design in my sketchbook.
For the back, I used some bits and pieces of leftover fabric and improvised their placement, surrounded by lots of Kona Snow.
As soon as the quilt top and back were finished, they went off to the amazing Angela Walters to be quilted. She worked her magic with lighting speed, and sent the quilt back to me in record time. I quickly finished the binding, and you + me went with me to my taping of Quilting Arts TV in early March. If you look closely at the photo above, you can see it folded on the table to the right.
And then it was off to Jake Finch, publisher extraordinaire of GenerationQ, in California to be photographed for the magazine. I'm telling you, it was a whirlwind! It was so great to finally see the quilt again at the GenerationQ booth at Quilt Market last week, and I can't wait to get some more photos of it myself, so I can show you more of Angela's amazing quilting.
And now for the giveaway...The pattern for you + me is in the first issue of GenerationQ magazine, which you'll be able to buy from their website and selected retailers very soon. But, I picked up an extra copy to giveaway to one of my readers at Quilt Market.
To enter, leave a comment on this post letting me know what colors you would make you + me in. Would you use solids or would you use printed fabrics? Please be sure that your email address is either in the comment or connected to your blogger profile so I can contact you if you are the winner. I'll use the random number generator to choose one winner and the giveaway will be open until Tuesday June 5 at midnight ET. International entries are welcome! Good luck!!
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