Melissa was curious about the whole process of making a quilt, so I took her through it step-by-step. First, I created a Pinterest board with designs I thought were feasible for a queen sized (or lap) quilt. She and her boyfriend chose a green version of this wonderful large plus quilt by Film in the Fridge, and I mentioned that a fade from light to dark would be especially effective for a one-color quilt. Then, I suggested fabrics (she loved them all) so I made the calculations (a little different from Ashley's) and bought what I needed.
When it came time to quilt, Melissa chose wavy walking foot lines that would allow the pluses to really shine. This kind of quilting on a quilt this size can be tiresome, but I set up my space well (two tables = plenty of room) and I took lots of breaks.
I pieced the back to purposely flow from light to dark, and alternate (the middle is the dark to light section). I love piecing backs because you can use them as a whole separate quilt! It was a bit windy in this picture but you get the idea. :) I used almost every single piece of fabric I bought to make the back happen!
I just love how this pattern allows the large prints to show off. I made one other plus quilt in the past and this one was easier because the squares are bigger ;).
Just for kicks, I like to see the color values (lightness and darkness of a particular color). Have you ever used your camera as a tool to see if your values are in the places you want? Mine are a little off but I liked the layout of the quilt too much to change it. :) There's still a general light to dark cascade from the top right corner to the bottom left.
In other news, my husband wanted all of you to know that there was a bunny in the yard. Luckily, no bunnies were harmed during this photoshoot, as it consisted of a quilt 25 feet in the air and away from this little guy.
P.S. If anyone is looking for a commission quilt, I'd be happy to make one like this (in your specific color[s]) or any on the Pinterest board! Please email me if you want to discuss!
Happy in its new home :)
I posted more about this quilt here.