Day 22 – Exclamation
January 30, 2008
Yes, I am posting another ‘hot’ looking quilt, which means that the weather has turned cold once again. Last night it was projected to get down to -45 degrees, and if it holds through til morning, school will be canceled! The kids are waiting for the news…
Exclamation was published this past summer by Quilts & More magazine. In fact, you don’t have to go searching through the pages to find it…it’s on the cover. I remember getting the call, and the editor telling me ‘Congratulations, your a cover girl!’ I am trilled that it is only our project on the cover, and NOT my face. How do they choose which quilt goes on the cover? I have no idea, I just know they were very happy with how their photo shot worked out. They had scheduled the room shot for the quilt, when they felt they needed 2 pillows to go with the quilt. We made them up in a day, and over-nighted them to the magazine.
How did we design such a loud quilt? It was a challenge to us, and we really did have to step out of our comfort zone. The magazine chose which fabric line and coloring they wanted the project to be done in, and then they came to us for a quilt layout idea. We stared at the fabrics for a while, and then made some logical decisions. 1.) We needed to keep the fabrics in large pieces, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to see the prints. 2.) We needed to calm the prints with a crisp clean white. 3.) We needed to separate the prints because if they run into each other, they will be lost. 4.) Because of the magazine it is in – the project has to be fast and fun, and appealing to young quilters.
When the final quilt was done, we were very happy with the result. It defiantly stands out in our shelves of projects. And this is a great layout for any bold prints, or Asian prints that you don’t want cut up into little pieces. It is a simple layout, but play around with it, and let us know what you come up with.