Jacob and I have been planning a quilt together for a while, but the scarcity of Egyptian-themed fabric has forced us to make guesses in our purchases, which has led to a wee bit of adventurous over-buying. As a result, instead of the single large Egyptian-themed quilt we’d both had in mind, we realized the only way to make sense of the mishmash of fabric we had was to turn it into three quilts: one queen-sized, and two smaller.
Blue Lotus will be the major quilt, since we had the most fabrics with a sandy undertone, and the one needing the most time and effort. The other two color sets needed names. Jacob suggested ‘papyrus’ for the pale green quilt, and ‘desert rose’ seemed obvious for the red/burgundy-themed quilt.
You’d think a strip quilt would be easy, but there are lots of ways to go wrong, and I’m pretty good about finding them.
I started with a lot of chunky pieces, figuring I’d add in the more pinstripey pieces later:
I pressed all of the strips and kept playing. I kept rearranging, but nothing felt right. I even tried leaving bigger blocks of color together, and wasn’t happy:
I realized tonight I’d left out a gold-brown-green fabric with lots of metallics in it, and when I started cutting it out, I realized I was probably getting closer. I found myself continually reaching to take the solid brown strips out, and each time I did, the strips started feeling more harmonious:
I’m not sure I’m there yet, but I know I’m significantly closer to a final layout than I was two days ago. This color palette has me well out of my comfort zone. I gravitate to jewel tones, blues, and greens, but this quilt is a study in gold, tan, brown, and sage green. It’s a stretch, to put it mildly. Learning experiences are a good thing, though, right? The goal isn’t to obsess over this quilt for ages; it’s to cut it simply, find a pleasing arrangement, quilt it, and be done with it.
Have I mentioned that I’m not good at NOT obsessing?