I'm making a quilt for my friend Jaime for her birthday which is in December. She wanted a quilt or quilt block that she could frame. A quilt is not a quilt until it's quilted so I'm insisting I quilt it.
She chose her colors: Brick Red, Sage, Gold, cornflower Blue (which I didn't use,) tan, cream, khaki. I am shopping my stash and this is what I came up with.
I then auditioned background fabric:
Before I show you anything else - you should see what Jaime actually picked out herself. Her and her husband googled framed quilt images and they really liked this one so this is what I've been working with sort:
I then decided to mix up the diamonds:
Then I wanted to add a little "zing" to the quilt - a little romance, since they are sorta newlyweds and this is a housewarming gift as well. I played around with some applique pieces. Originally I cut the flowers with the idea to put them in the 4 corners and the hearts on the sides. They weren't quite big enough so I switched them, added some leaves and made 4 additional hearts and appliqued them down. This is what I have now:
Lookin pretty cute for my own design I think!!!
I didn't even use a pattern.. TOOT TOOT!
Now I'm checking out Flickr for quilting designs - there's one with a leaf appliqued in each diamond that is just breathtaking - but I think i'm going to do a variation of that - a simplified one-line design and do some tight stippling around the applique then a cable or something around the border. I'll keep you posted.