Monday, February 10, 2014

Earl of Thompson


Sometimes quilt inspirations come from interesting places... or from interesting people. In this case - it was both.
Last fall, a friend of mine from high school contacted me via facebook to ask if I ever sold my quilts.  In the course of the conversation, he asked me if he could design the center of a quilt and have me take that, finish the design, and then make it as a gift for his wife.

It sounded like a fun challenge - so I told him to email me his design. 

Well - it came to me in hard copy - and he had designed the entire top, including selecting the colors.   "I got carried away a bit," he said... but I loved what he had come up with.  I chose some tone on tone and mottled fabrics to work with to give the open spaces a bit of texture - and then I pondered this one for a bit while finishing up some holiday projects that had come first.

Once we got into the new year - I got to work on this, including making myself a prototype (in orange, of course!)It took me a bit to work out some of the logistics - like the floating diamonds in the little side blocks (tutorial to follow) - and to get past my apprehension of having to quilt all that open space.  A template, a Frixion pen, variegated Aurifil thread and a whole lot of patience -and we got that done as well.

The name is a combination of my last name from when he knew me (Earl) and his last name (Thompson) -and the fact that it looks rather like a family crest.

In actuality -his inspiration is surveyors targets!

And I think this design is RIGHT ON TARGET!!!


Marj said...

Beautiful quilt, I love the design and the quilting. What a fun project.

Gina said...

Stunning, and I love the back aswell. Well done, give yourself a huge pat on the back for this one xx

Jennifer said...

It is a striking quilt - I think you and he could go into business together!

Darling Jill Quilts said...

It looks fantastic! What a great story!

InfinityQuilter/Knitter said...

What a cool story! This looks great.