This is one of those projects that just had to age I guess. The aqua fabrics were purchased over 5 yrs ago I am sure. I saw them on sale and knew I wanted a quilt with those colors to match our walls in the master bedroom. I had no idea at the time of what pattern I would use(nothing new for me there). Then I found a Modern Quilt Relish (Taffy Twist) pattern I really liked and found the brown on sale too! I pieced it over a year ago, probably closer to two. Then I stalled because I just couldn't decide how I wanted to quilt it, modern of course, but how. It's been one of those projects that are like a monkey on your back. You want it done, you feel guilty it's just sitting in the closet waiting etc.
My friend, Robin, commented a couple months ago about how we leave projects sit cuz we just aren't sure of what to do and why it should get done and used. That prompted me to just make up my mind for something more simple to quilt. I also didn't want it to get too stiff or we wouldn't use it daily on the bed. So Quilters Dream wool-first time I used it and loved it. Seems to have a bit more fluff and substance than Hobbs Wool(which I have used before). Glide thread .
Ok now the design, hook swirl all over on the big brown sections, easy peasy. I knew I wanted to do wishbones in the aqua braids. Then as I went, I decided to do the pebbles of all sizes in the brown behind the braids. I love those circles with the pebbles inside(DH did too). I wanted to ghost in a braid and DH says make 2 then the top of the bed has all braids on it. Sure why not, how hard can that be, I have ghosted stuff before. Apparently I haven't ghosted a lot with angles that have to match up!! Ghosting was the hardest part of this whole quilt! Those darn angles through me off and I didn't notice till is was too far gone in the quilting. Yes, I could have ripped for a few hours, but I thought no, I want this done and used, it's not for show and who is gonna see it but us. There is one pretty bad, it's on my side of the bed and it's my humility block, LOL No I didn't include it in the pic's!! The back is aqua with brown polka dots. I have enough left to make pillowcases and trim some valances.
The gist of it is, it's done and getting used and we love it!! I told DH last night, it wasn't a monkey on my back, but more like an ape or gorilla!! So onto the pic's...
This is the true color of the brown. The light coming in the window didn't want to play nice with the camera and it was raining and muddy outside.
Not a good picture but I wanted you to see more of the ghosted braids :-)