admin October 21st, 2009
The fabric line: Nicey Jane
The designer: Heather Bailey
The goal: Design a quilt of Uber-feminine proportions…..
The story: I sent some sketches to Free Spirit a couple months ago, but they didn’t like them as they were too “masculine” for this line….I submitted them because I had seen a few snippets of the new line, and thought I would really like to work with Heather’s designs because I liked her past work, and she was so pleasant to talk with at Quilt Market this past spring the few times we ran into each other there. But each design I submitted was met with “too masculine”...so I just gave up and figured it wasn’t a good “fit” this time….
Then what? Three weeks before Market as I am finishing up the previous two quilts for Free Spirit…I get an email asking me if I had time to squeeze a third one in….I say sure, which one?...yup, the one that I was nixed on twice…they still wanted to see a design, so I came up with something that pretty much stretched this pointy-angly, straight-stitching designin’ boy…something with lots of Curves to defeat the Angular Masculinity I tend to veer to in my work…..I got it done in time, and I really liked the end result…I may have to make one for us now….
In the past when I have done quilts for Free Spirit I have picked the prints myself, but this time they chose…and it was all pretty light and frothy…there are some darker prints, but I didn’t get them in this round. At first I was a bit frustrated with that, but then I started really liking the soft dreamlike palette and worked with it.
I am so loving this orange print…why am I so attracted to Orange lately? I never really cared for it in the past…and it’s not just for the pumpkinability of it either…just really lovin’ it lately.. That’s a lot of half circles…..
Here is a snap of the finished quilt at Quilt Market courtesy of Jona G. I forgot to take a picture of it finished before I rushed it off in the FedEx, so I asked Jona, and she sent this with apologies for the lower quality…I think she snapped it with her iPhone….It’s not the best shot, but it gives you the general idea. I get the feeling that the lighting wasn’t always the best at this Market….
Oh and by the way, Jona has a ton of great posts about Market and links to other great coverage of Quilt Markets present and past…
So that’s it for today folks….This quilt and the Rebel quilt and the Flannel quilt will be on Free Spirit’s Free Downloads page one of these days…as soon as I get the directions finished and Elyse at Free Spirit gets it on their site….
Hope you enjoyed my Post-Pre-Market postings…Keep coming back…I still have to announce winners from my last giveaway….and it looks like the 200th Post is looming on the horizon…and it is promising to be a whopper!
Oh yeah, and sorry that some of the pictures don’t have the best lighting…sometimes I work late at night, and the flash does something wonky….or I forget to change some setting somewhere…you know..there’s always something…