Serendipity – a quilt for Sid

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August has been a very busy month at work and otherwise with not much time for quilting or blogging. I managed to finish quilting and binding this to meet my One Monthly Goal for August.

I made this quilt for Sid, who graduated from high school this summer and started a vocational training program. Sid’s mom, Rekha, has been one of my best friends since we were both 10 years old. Sid’s  favorite color is black. I collected a bunch of black, white and grey fabric from my stash and a few yards of Kona black and set out to find a quick and easy pattern.

I picked a pattern from Thomas Knauer’s book called Modern Quilt Perspectives. I bought this book after seeing a wonderful, moving and thought-provoking exhibition of his work at the 2017 International Quilt festival in Houston. He calls this pattern Split Personality, referring to the different styles  on the two halves of the quilt – the traditional patchwork on one side and the modern minimalist negative space on the other. The point of this design is to show that opposing ideas can thrive side-by-side in harmony.

I had to modify the pattern a little to fit the size I wanted to make. The pattern was easy but certainly not quick – it took tremendous effort to keep track of the pieces and the blocks.

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I quilted free motion swirls and some feathers and whatever I felt like in the black, negative space. I kept the quilting quite sparse to keep the quilt soft and cozy. On the patchwork area, I quilted in the ditch around every block and loose wavy lines in the white background area.

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The back of the quilt is as special as the front. I used a solid grey (Kona coal) and leftover scraps from the front. One of Sid’s favorite people is my husband, Srini. The off-white background here is from one of Srini’s shirts. One long sleeve shirt minus the frayed collar and cuffs yields an unbelievable amount of fabric.

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Pattern: Split Personality by Thomas Knauer

Fabric: Assorted black &white and grey, Kona White, Kona Black

Batting: Hobb’s heirloom 80/20

Thread for quilting: Isacord charcoal, Isacord white.

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TGIFF

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Needle and Thread Thursday

Throwback Thursday, One monthly goal, +QAL

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My (late) Throwback Thursday project is this Tangerine cool aid quilt from years past. I had collected several fat quarters of turquoise and orange fabric for a few years. My husband had picked up a few on a business trip to Ohio (first quilty gift).

I started piecing this in 2012 when Jeni from In Color Order  had a HST BOM. I made most of the blocks at that time. About a year later, I made a few more and came up with a layout with lots of negative space. I wanted to practice some nice negative space quilting but that never happened. In 2016, I sent it out to a long-arm quilter.

IMG_2673I gifted this to my great-aunt, Pushpa, for her 80th birthday. She is the consummate artist in our family – very creative and resourceful in making arts and crafts with whatever she can find. I know she treasures and uses this quilt everyday. This was quilted with an edge to edge design by Geeta Mehta of Fabulous Quilting.

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My one monthly goal for August is to quilt and finish this black & white & red quilt top.  The pattern is split personality from the book Modern Quilt Perspectives: 12 Patterns for Meaningful Quilts by Thomas Knauer. This is also a gift for someone. More about the quilt with my finish post. This was another completely “unplanned” projects. I was looking through my quilt books for a quick project/idea and this took hold of me. It was not quick 🙂

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Finally, here are my fabric choices for the Modern Plus QAL by Cheryl and Paige. Green outer background, light grey inner background, the mottled hot pink for the large plus and bits of other pinks for everything else. I may add a splash of turquoise or orange if I feel it need some variety. All fabric from my stash.

Linking:
Throwback Thursday at mmmquilts
OMG at Elmstreet quilts
Main Crush Monday
Let’s Bee Social
Free motion by the river
Midweek Makers
Needle and Thread Thursday
Can I get a whoop whoop
TGIFF
Finished or not Friday