I usually know how I’m going to write a post. But this one has been difficult for no good reason. So I’ll take it back to basics. I’ll make it simple.
Dan grew up in Ohio. He went to law school in Washington, D.C.
Katie grew up in Georgia. She also went to law school in Washington, D.C.
They met. Fell in love. And decided to get married.
Becky and I wanted to make them a quilt for their wedding. Never mind that it was less than a month before the big day. Or that she was traveling for Spring Break. Or that I was slammed with work. We came up with an idea and then couldn’t let it go. We had to make it. Necessity breeds creativity. Or insanity breeds creativity… You pick.
We used their wedding colors as a starting point and then went with simple. Ohio and Georgia is where the love story started. We settled on 2.5 inch strips without a plan on the color layout. We strip pieced large blocks until we had enough for each state. Then we appliquéd the states onto a large block of Kona Gray. Filled in the gaps with more of the background until we reached our size. She quilted one way and I quilted the other. Her husband finished it off with a patch to commemorate their wedding day. Simple.
What I learned:
- Quilting with a partner is way more fun than quilting alone. Even if the partner is more on the perfectionist side of the scale. I stopped worrying about my seams half way along. I figured the final awesomeness of it would win out.
- Applique was more fun than I imagined it would be and it adds more projects to my list.
- I love simplicity of one color palette.
- Gray is a fantastic basic.
- Becky doesn’t pucker when she quilts.
- Working on the project in front of one of the recipients feels delicious and naughty.
- I’m sad that most of our friends are already married, because I’d do it again.
- Simple can be stunning.