Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday

Here's (one of) my current WIPs: a  chevron quilt in a warm and sunny palette. I'm making this quilt for a friend who suffered a stroke during a medical procedure (she's only 36!). She's on the road to recovery, but I figure a quilt would be a good gift as she continues to rehab. 

It took me a while to decide exactly what to do. I wanted it to be fast (ish) to make because I wanted to get it to her sooner than later. Ideally I wanted the quilt design to have some meaning. And, she's a warm color person, while I'm decidedly not. Choosing the colors and fabrics for this quilt was starting to become a stumbling block. But once I settled on the chevron pattern (more on that later), I raided my stash of red, orange, pink, purple and rust batiks and then bought yardage of four different yellow solids.
An evening of sewing with my sous-chef quilter friend Kathy, and we had HSTs for half the quilt top complete. I'm on my way with the second half as well. The batiks are randomly placed and I will still do some adjusting to spread the color out, as these were simply stuck to the wall to see how the overall look was coming. I'm considering trying a version where the yellows are mixed up as well, but at the moment I like the relative solid-ness of the yellow zigzags.

Here's where I am as of today:
I'm starting to like warm colors for quilting...especially the yellow! Pay no attention to the mess on the floor. It is NOT a reflection of what the rest of my studio looks like. Not at all.

Delicious batiks and buttery yellow squares, cut by my mom this past weekend (they say a quilt takes a village...). Ready to be stitched into more HSTs!

Back to the pattern. I wanted a design with a message, and the up and down of the chevron seemed to work well--the ongoing victories and frustrations of physical and occupational therapy. But I also wanted something to symbolize an overall positive ending. The design below is what I'm playing around with; I have yet to try it with actual fabric, so we'll see whether it works or not. What do you think?

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.


  1. I think that you have put a lot of thought and positive energy into this quilt. What a wonderful gift for your friend! The meaning behind the blocks and your vision for the quilt layout look wonderful. And I know exactly what you mean about the ups and downs of therapy and recovery. My brother in law suffered a stroke when he was 27 and it took him a year to learn to swallow again. It also took a while for him to walk without a walker and then a cane. He turns 40 this year and in celebration he is going on a 50+ mile walking tour of England.

  2. I love the look of the yellows and batiks creating the chevrons ~ the design you came up with is going to be beautiful! Can't wait to see it finished.

  3. It's looking great. Your use of many different fabrics in similar tones is working well.

  4. I like the star in the upper right corner. It does look like a warm color quilt.

  5. I also like the star in the corner!

  6. Looking great! I love the star as well. Know you talked about multiple stars but I think one is more dramatic!