This is the quilt my mom made for my birthday at the end of February. It was a response to the Guilt Quilt that I made her for Christmas. I told her I'd like a quilt out of either Hope Valley by Denyse Schmidt, or Tanya Whelan's Dolce. My mom chose the latter, and I referred her to the Fresh Modern Quilts pool on Flickr for inspiration. After much agonizing and planning, she came up with this:
But wait--that's not all! She had so much fabric left over that she made a pieced back. I especially like the patches of dark grey:
So this, friends, is how my dear mama out-quilted me, several times over. She calls the quilting pattern 'chicken scratch'; it's a randomly-placed allover diagonal sort of design that echoes the lines of this print, used in the body and for the binding:
I really can't put into words how much I love this quilt. Design-wise, it is kind of out of my mom's comfort zone. She made up the pattern and went for it, and the result is stunning! The center rectangle of each block is the same size, but is placed differently within the block. (She did this by adding borders and then squaring up.)
My dad had the idea to sash the blocks and set them on the diagonal, and helped choose the two shades of grey used on each side. I think he also helped arrange the blocks, which is something he likes to do and is good at doing.
I also really like the back. The stacked books design is understated and nice way to let the prints do the talking. My little library is around 400 titles strong (most of them NOT about sewing, can you imagine?), so I am a sucker for book-inspired design!
This is one of the best gifts I've ever received. Mama, you outdid me. Moreover, you outdid yourself!