by the time you read this i’ll be heading to houston for the international quilt festival. this is my third time attending, and i’m picking mom up on the way for our second annual quiltapalooza reunion. while i’m definitely looking forward to oogling all the quilts on display this year, taking a few classes and perusing the vendors, i’m particularly excited to see the Eye of the Quilter: Inspirations exhibit. it’s their second annual photography exhibit that had an open call for submissions. i missed entering last year, but made sure to enter this year.
my dear friend maddie got married this fall and my mom and i decided to make her a quilt. we quickly found and agreed on the pattern “crossing,” designed by bill kerr and weeks ringle of funquilts.com (featured in the june 2010 issue of american patchwork & quilting). we chose this one because it reminded us of an aerial view of farm fields and the sashing brought to mind farm-to-market roads. perfect, because both maddie and her now husband come from hard working and fun loving farm families. i asked maddie what her color theme for the wedding was going to be: basil green and black. mmm, basil… at the time, basil from last year was starting to sprout all over the garden and it continued to provide a muse for this project all summer and into the fall. mom and i chose a selection of six green batiks and opted for a dark brown batik for the sashing (black just didn’t seem right). mom and a friend back home cut all the pieces and sent them to me for assembly. after arranging scanned images of the fabrics in illustrator to make sure no squares of the same tone touched, i started sewing. thank goodness i made myself a map to refer back to! after it was all put together and kitty approved, i sent it back to mom for quilting. we corresponded with the quilter and i sent her images of the basil growing right outside my studio window. we discussed how important the design of the quilting itself was to the theme of the quilt and she found a quilting pattern that resembled the growing structure of basil. i crossed my fingers that it would all come together as planned. a few weeks later i was on a plane and the quilt was finished, waiting at home and just in time for the big event.
maddie asked us to help set up for the wedding and graciously invited us to stay at her house the night before. i couldn’t wait to hear about their reaction upon opening the gift, so i gave it to them that evening as they wound down from an exhausting day. the reaction was even better than i imagined, particularly from jason, who seemed shocked that someone would spend so much time and effort on a wedding gift. that’s what you do for good friends celebrating a very special occasion.
i previously posted some photos of the quilt in-the-works, but that was before i submitted an image for the Eye of the Quilter: Inspirations exhibit. this is the image i submitted, and now you know the story and inspirations behind it. instead of submitting a single image, i made a triptych including an image of the garden’s basil, the aerial view of the quilt’s fields and farm-to-market roads, and the quilted basil pattern as seen from the back of the quilt:
i’m happy to say it was accepted into the exhibit. see you in houston!
p.s. if you can’t make it to houston this year, head on over to amy’s creative side and her blogger’s quilt festival and take in the fun of this online quilt fest in the comfort of your own home. there’s some really cool quilts to see… i’ll post the fields of basil there too. enjoy.