One of my sisters had a landmark birthday yesterday.
It turns out that she’d love a quilt, but hadn’t quite liked to ask, and it wasn’t until I asked if she’d be interested in having one to add to the peaceful décor of her new apartment that I discovered this. We talked a lot about size and the sort of colours she likes, and whether she uses Pinterest for mood boards (she doesn’t, but it’s not for everyone…). She’s also not keen on modern prints. We ended our conversation and both went away to have a think. Next morning, she sent me this, as a guide to the colours and mood she’s after:
Well, as we all know, I do love a bit of blue and green and lilac, so it’s no great hardship for me to make a quilt that references this lovely Bonnard painting. I had a blissful hour or two rootling in my stash*, with the following result:
There’s not a graphic modern print among them, so we’re ahead already. Yes, they’re all batiks, but they blend so wonderfully, and I love the contrast of the warm colours across the top. I’m hoping this effect will enable me to create a soft, watery, leafy effect, with dashes of brilliant brightness here and there.
My sister still has to consider and edit this selection, but I think the bones are there. And in case you’re wondering, the quilt really has named itself. It’s going to be called Bonnard. I think it’s probably also going to be hand quilted, but that’s a long way down the track still. Not quite such an intimidating job as the last one, as this quilt will be only about 60 inches or 1.5m square. Perfect sofa-snoozing size.
*In case you’re wondering, this isn’t folded yardage but individual 2½ inch strips, with maybe two or three exceptions. My stash really isn’t very impressive!
There’s no rush with this one, no deadline, so I can afford lots of thinking time. Having said that, it’ll probably go really quickly!
If anyone’s interested, there’s an amazing video of the sale of this painting at Christie’s auction house in London in 2011. It realised a staggering GB£6,400,000, and the auction process is really entertaining 🙂