Quilt for Our Bed

We needed a new quilt for our bed.

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When we moved to our new apartment I splurged on a beautiful comforter from Anthropologie.  I loved this comforter so much.  Unfortunately, the fabric was tissue-paper thin, and then we got two cats.  Within a few months, my poor, gorgeous bedspread was torn beyond repair.  Very sadly I said goodbye to it.  I kept a swatch of the fabric, though, so that I could match colors and use them as a starting point for a new quilt.

(the following are progress shots, taken as I put this huge quilt up on the design wall.)

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Since I had some practice cutting curves on my Sunset Waves quilt, I felt brave enough to tackle a drunkard's path design.  I admired so many variations: random, serpentine, minimal, Star-Wars inspired (apparently), deconstructed, and many more.  In the end I honed in on the phenomenal 5:HTP Squared quilt by Jen Carlton-Bailly.  I liked how the blocks in her quilt formed shapes that looked almost like letters, but weren't.  (I later had the chance to ask her in a facebook conversation about the inspiration for her quilt.  She said it was inspired by a mid-century modern wall decoration in her grandfather's house, if I recall correctly).  This got me thinking about making actual letters from the blocks. 

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Since this was for our bed I wanted it to be sweet and loving.  I settled on the words Nate and I say to each other every night before going to sleep.  This is a big one!  Measures approximately 108" square.  Gorgeously quilted by  Nikki Maroon.  I also extensively pieced the back, as you can see in the picture above. If I had it to do over, I would change a few things, but overall I'm very happy with this design and proud of how it turned out.

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I'm pleased to say that this quilt appears in the pages of Quilt Now, issue 7.  And that it will also be hanging in the show at QuiltCon, if it doesn't get lost in the mail.  Things are looking a little dicey at the moment so cross your finger for me, would you? 

Edit: I'm thrilled to report that this quilt made it safely to QuiltCon and went on to win the People's Choice award. It was such an exciting day. 

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