01 June 2012

A Very Long Conversation


I've been picking away on this little quilt since A2MQG's retreat so many months ago.  This project is a wedding present (there have been many weddings amongst my friends lately!) I do tend to make wedding presents AFTER the wedding, which is perhaps a not something Miss Manners would like, but I like to consult with people a bit to make sure I'm not going to make something they won't like or use. 

I was originally planning on buying this particular couple a gift, as I am behind on promised quilts (Elle was married a year ago in August and I have the sketch, but no progress)  (there are others).  But, what I ordered was back-ordered, and when my mom and I arrived at the wedding, there were all these hand-made pennants everywhere.

This is the groom (one of my favorite people on earth), me, and my mom.  This picture doesn't even being to capture the amount of pennants there were at this wedding.  There were hundreds and hundreds.  So. Many. Pennants.

At some point in the evening, I asked what was happening to the pennants next.  And there was nothing planned.  And so I said, 'send a few to me and I will make something from the fabric for you.'  And so, this summer, as I roamed the United States and Canada, I had in my car a box of pennants.

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I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them.  I thought at first that I might do a quilt like this one by Krista (Spotted Stone Studio)
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Her quilt is based on one by Ingrid Press, which I also love.  (see it here)

But, that quilt is rather more block-based than is my style.  Also, I really didn't have my own spin that I want to put on it, I just found it pretty and suitable. And I like to push myself, so I waited for further inspiration to hit.  And then, one day, I saw this:
From what I gather, this is some sort of film by Rivane Neuenschwander.  I saw the still image and it got me thinking about conversation bubbles as a shape.  Specifically, a shape that would be fun to make with patchwork.

The groom is one of those people that never stops talking.  It's usually about rather fascinating things like the Enlightenment or punk rock or Adorno, however the amount of words he says a day is astounding and a subject of much teasing.  I don't know the bride that well, but I do know that she also teases him about the incessant talking.  : )

Additionally, I thought that thinking of a marriage as a long conversation was a sweet idea.  So, a quilt of conversational bubbles seemed hilarious and sweet and multiple levels.  Also, it worked with the size and shape of the pennant fabrics I had in my little box.

One of the pairs of bubbles here is their wedding vows.  I drew this up in photoshop, pulling the colors from Lizzy House's fox fabric.  I then had it printed at Spoonflower.






 Right now, the quilt looks like this...


Actually, wait...it now looks like this:

I was working on my conversation bubbles when I was on the quilt retreat and people encouraged me to make a tutorial; which I will do soon.  Stay tuned.

25 comments:

  1. that is such a fantastic design! Really lovely idea - can't wait to see it finished!

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  2. What a fantastic idea! I loved hearing about your process. I'm sure the couple will love having something from their celebration to wrap up in.

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  3. What a cool design idea!
    This would be a neat way to put together a signature quilt / guest book from a wedding too. I've already shared this with the Chicago Modern Quilt Guild as one of us is putting something like this together for her daughter's wedding!

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  4. Oh, wow. This is a brilliant idea and a beautiful quilt. Love it! I can't wait to see it finished. :)

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  5. Awesome idea! I see endless possibilities :). I am sure your quilt will be treasured for many years! I think I'll try something similar for a baby quilt I need to do.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Inspiring thoughts & inspiring design! Looks lovely already

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  7. Very cute! Great idea!

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  8. What an ingenious idea! Tutorial or pattern would be great.

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  9. That looks amazing! What a fantastic idea. I'll be looking out for the tutorial =D

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  10. A conversation bubble????? How freakin' creative is that???!!!! I can't wait for the tute - thanks so much for sharing.. I also just love the fabric you designed. :=)

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  11. Wonderful idea for using the banners!!!!

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  12. I LOVE that the conversation bubbles/blocks are a pair! Awesome!

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  13. I really like the conversation bubbles! Would love to see a tutorial for those. And also--good save on the pennants from the wedding!

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  14. I'm so glad you posted this. I have been waiting to see this quilt again. So. Good.

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  15. Rossie,

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I love the story behind it, I love the design layout you've chosen, I love the meaningfulness of this quilt for this particular couple and I can totally see this design taking off like wildfire in the modern quilting community. I want this quilt for myself! (but then again, I'm pretty chatty too. and i wouldn't want to steal their wedding banners. Guess I'll have to just make my own.) did I mention that I LOVE this design? you. are. brilliant.

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  16. So clever! It's going to be such a cherished gift.

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  17. WOw! What a fabulous idea. Talk about a well thought out gift! It's personal, it incorporates something from the wedding, and it's handmade! The kind of thing that will be forever cherished. It will be a conversation piece for sure!

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  18. To say that is a brilliant idea is not good enough. LOVE when the moments of great inspiration hit, it's like a river let loose! Amazing job, they are going to be in such love with it!

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  19. Hi! Love your flickr group and your blog! Is there any way to subscribe to your blog by email? I tried to follow, but do not have any of those readers etc....
    Thanks!

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    1. Sure! I added the "subscribe by email" widget to the sidebar (near the top). Thanks for asking!

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  20. This is such a wonderful idea! I love the thought of a marriage being a very long conversation. It is so beautiful. You are brilliant!

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  21. my husband has the same affliction! I love this idea.

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  22. O love the way you push yourself.. love the idea! great job! will be following you to see more of your adventure..wish I could push myself too.. but sometimes I just love classic quilts too.. :)

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