July 24, 2014

Concept quilt

This is the coolest thing I've ever made. Or the weirdest.


It's for my husband. I started it almost two years ago. Some of that slowness was my limited tolerance for brown. I definitely did not get into quilting for brown fabric. 


And yet, I love that guy and he loves wood and I got this idea in my head I would make him a quilt that looked like a wood floor. All texture. So manly. Utterly unique. 


It's very different from my usual work, where I'm often trying to capture light and movement. There is no light or movement here. But I did enjoy the feeling of doing something so unusual. Playing with the ideas of hard and soft, rigid and flexible. 


I loved the challenge of quilting each "board" differently. It was fun going for that feel of an organic pattern. A very relaxing way to stitch. 


I love the back. And so does this kid. (She helped with the binding!)  


And of course I loved giving it to him. It is just the right size to be shared in the evening as we sit on the sofa together. 

22 comments:

Anita said...

A truly fantastic quilt; love the texture of the quilting!

Lara B. said...

Wonderful quilt Christina! I know a lot of manly men who would just love it!

Serena @ Sewgiving said...

Wow! You really made that brown sing!

wivesofwhitewood said...

Gorgeous! You totally captured the texture of wood. What a lovely gift.

Celia Ambrose said...

Really, really awesome quilting for a man quilt!!! Love it to pieces! I have 3 sons who would like a quilt with this wonderful quilt stitching design. Thank you for sharing. (celiaambrose@hotmail.com)

Charlotte Scott said...

So unique! And I can imagine how you struggled a bit. Brown is necessary but not particularly fun, right? But the finished quilt is fantastic, worth the perseverance.

Willit Neverend said...

It looks great. When I made my beehive quilt (designed to look like a beehive box) I really regretted not doing woodgrain quilting on the 'wooden' parts. This just makes me regret it even more :)

BTW I like brown :)

pennydog said...

As a brown advocate I think this is brilliant :D

Beth Sellers said...

This was a great idea and it's a wonderful quilt! The quilting on it is fabulous.

Elsa said...

Ah, a quilt of love ~ the best kind!

Lori S said...

Very unique! I think it is really cool.

Gene Black said...

Ha ha.. I didn't get into quilting for brown fabric either! However this is pretty cool. I do like it.

Tiffany said...

Well I'm glad you got past your not-love for brown fabric, because this is genius!

MadHappyCrafter said...

LOVE the free-motion individual treatment on the "boards." Isn't it true that you learn something new and surprising when stretching beyond your comfort zone? I have found that it comes out better than I could have imagined - as your husband's quilt did. the back is amazing too!

What Comes Next? said...

it is great! love the quilting!

A Quilter's Mission said...

This is so cool! I love the quilting.

Jodi B. said...

So creative and perfect for a guy. You did a fantastic job on this quilt.

roccagal said...

very nice-you really captured the feel of a wood floor!

Jess @ Scrappy n Happy said...

What a fantastic quilt! A perfect timber floor!

Robin said...

Very cool!!! I love the concept here-- you've captured it beautifully. I'm also impressed that he's so willing to share! (My husband prefers to burrito himself up, leaving no blanket for me!) :P

em's scrapbag said...

Way cool! I have a hard time working on manly quilts also. I need lots of bright happy color and the two do not often mix.

Zenia Rene said...

What a fantastic quilt Christina! I'm sure your hubby loves it!

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