Social media about that quilt soon generated my next 2 projects. (Speaking of social media: if you haven't yet joined me on Facebook and Instagram please do!) The chef at Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, N.H. contacted me about the venue's massive T shirt collection and asked if I would be able to produce 2 quilts for them: a twin size one to be hung (or otherwise displayed at the venue) and a queen size quilt for the chef's home.
Well, sometimes the universe delivers exactly what you need at just the right moment. As some of you already know, I always have a long, long summer off from orchestra work, so the timing to take on 2 major projects just as the orchestra season was ending could not have been better.
I made the twin size one first, using a horizontal layout. Keeping in mind that the plan was to display it at the venue, it's bright but not too wild. I also was careful to keep it gender neutral.
The center block is extra fancy since it's from the venue itself.
A swirly black and gray marble print and striped binding finished it off. I did an all-over stipple design for the quilting, and added a hanging sleeve on the back.
Next was the queen size quilt for the chef's home.
For a quilt for someone's home I felt I could be a little more relaxed with the color choices, so this one is a little brighter and has some bolder prints. And just for variation it's arranged in a vertical pattern.
Both of these quilts used a lot of fun music prints ( EQuilter.com has a great fat quarter collection here ). The chef mentioned that her husband is a bass player so I thought that red and black print was particularly fitting.
It's one of the largest quilts I've ever made, measuring about 90 x 105, so there's generous drop on the sides and plenty of room for pillow tucks.
On the back is a bright print and black and white plaid binding. Both of these quilts used extra-wide (108") backing fabrics (this one is from fabric.com) which I think is the only way to go for these large quilts-- the time savings is significant, plus the quilts baste easier and therefore quilt more smoothly.