And the fabric was available to make a quilt just like the one you see on the picture. However, I was not so thrilled with the color combo available. It just wasn't me.
The joy of putting together a quilt begins with the pattern, and moves to the fabric selection. If I buy a kit, regardless of how attractive, someone else has had half my joy.
So I collect the pattern and ponder.
Flash forward to 2011, my mother is heading to a fabric shop that has quite a bit of Ryan's fabrics, and invites me along. Please, what sewer can resist a fabric fondling fieldtrip?
While there, I got to see several other colorways of Ryan's design and fell for several yards of fabric. They all came home with me. (Now!) I know what fabrics I can use for that Willow pattern.
I chose two basic color families to start ... a blue-green and a red-violet (berrys). Being that the willow pattern needs four different color families, I decided to take a glance across the color wheel, and match each of my chosen fabric families with its opposite for maximum contrast. This gave me a peach/orange/rust family to oppose my blue-greens, and the yellow-green family to oppose my red-violets.
The last requirement that I gave myself was that everything (else) needed to come from stash. Luckily, my quilt stash is just big enough (thanks to the influx of Ryan fabrics) that I was able to pull out yards and yards of fabric, finally reducing my choices to the needed 16 fabrics ... you can choose 20 if you would rather, but I thought that caused too much busy-ness.
I was ready to sing the praises of the gal I hired to quilt this for me, until I noticed this "thread nightmare" while I was binding the quilt. What is all of that, a mistake?
And this is what it looks like on the other side. Oh goody, she cut a 1/2" gash in my quilt, did not tell me about it, poured an entire bottle of fray check on it (see the dark splotches?), and then quilted a tangled mass of thread onto it. Like I wasn't going to notice?
Well, obviously not until I started binding it! This means I will likely never have another quilt quilted by another. She proved I cannot trust other quilters, and that makes me sad. :(
This below is a fairly accurate color representation of my quilt. I did change the directionality of several blocks to give it motion. It was too jumbled otherwise for my tastes.
And the mister holding up the quilt for a full size photo. Thanks hun!
It has a thin bamboo blend batting, and will be my new summer quilt.
I took several photos while binding it completely by machine. A process that went much faster than I anticipated. It is something I have dreaded for years ... YEARS I tell you. And it was practically painless.
Good, I have several more to bind ...