The Love Letters Quilt

This one goes out to my husband Joe.

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I have so much to say about this quilt, but today I will let it speak for itself.

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I’ll just give you the short version of the story. This quilt started out as a panel that I made in secret for Joe’s birthday in February using Diane Bohn’s My First Alphabet paper piecing pattern. I worked on the flying geese in Nashville in April. And in May I made a concerted push to finish it, including some super repetitive quilting. (132 lines over the course of a week. Yes. I counted.)

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The main fabric is Kona Black and Bone. The yellow is from Collage by Carrie Bloomston. There are lots of text prints and some black on black, including a keyboard print that I picked up in San Francisco in the fall. ย There’s also an awesome panda print that Joe picked up for me in Japan last year. Fabric is my new favorite souvenir, and I love using it in sentimental quilts like this one.

IMG_6898I ran a little short of my binding fabric, the perfect Crosshatch from Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics, so I cut some of the yellow on the bias and wrapped it around a corner like I did on the Aerial quilt. I love the look– this might be my new signature binding.

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The back needed to balance the black and white, so I went for my favorite quilting color, yellow. Lots and lots of yellow. It makes the whole quilt feel warmer.

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Joe requested a Triforce from the Legend of Zelda, and so I got to learn how to do 60 degree triangles! Win win. (This was my second try.) I love how the newspaper strips are on an angle to imply its shininess. So geeky. So us.

It finished up at 68″ x 72″. Perfect for a man-sized couch throw.

Thanks for coming to check it out! Have a great weekend.

Oh, and remember that giveaway I promised? I’ll post it this weekend. It has something to do with my quilt holder.

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