for the past few years i've promised that i would make quilts for my brothers-in-law for christmas. good thing i only promised myself, since i never made good on that vow. until now! i finally got it together enough to make two quilts for my husband's brothers this year. (scratch that: i didn't manage to finish the second quilt by christmas, but it should be done in a few days. or at least by next christmas, right?)
so, this one is for mike, who is a moderately outdoorsy type. and when i saw a few versions of this modern maples quilt from pretty in patchwork: holidays (pattern by amanda woodward-jennings) i figured this was the quilt for him.
and the original reason i wanted to make quilts for my husband's brothers is that after their mother passed away several years ago, c brought back boxes and boxes of her fabric stash for me to use (in fact, that's what got me started with quilting in the first place). so i used a bunch of her old fabrics in the quilts for them, mixed with some newer prints and solids from my stash. due to restrictions in the color palette of her stash, i initially limited the colors of the maple leaves to greens and browns, but in the end couldn't help but throw in a couple of yellow/golds to brighten things up.
the background fabric is a robert kaufman essex linen (in some natural color i can't recall), and the binding is mostly the same essex linen with a small bit of a brown dear stella linework print along one corner and side.
the back is some simple strips of the same brown dear stella print alternating with some green summersville. i quilted around each of the blocks and then ran diagonal lines across the quilt in one direction following the tilt of the maple leaves. though i admit to this choosing this simple quilting mostly due to time constraints, i actually do quite like the effect in the end. the blocks finished at 12 inches square, so the quilt measures 60 x 72", which makes a pretty decent lap quilt.
i finished binding this late on december 23rd, and only had time to take a few photos on christmas eve before i had to wrap it up to give, so i'm wishing now for better pictures. but this one in front of the christmas tree makes me very happy. unfortunately, and i hate to say this, i was disappointed in the reaction the gift got. i think it must be that i'm used to growing up with women (it was just me, my mom and my sister growing up, and then i went to a women's college, for pete's sake!) but trying to figure out men's reactions sometimes really confounds me. there was no unfurling of the quilt or holding it up to inspect the fabrics or asking about it (never mind any oohing and aahing over it). maybe just a simple thank you? i'm trying not to be disappointed. and c assures me that they liked the gifts. i know that sewing for others should be more about your own process and the joy you get from simply creating with no expectations for how that gift will be received. i'll work on managing those expectations in the new year.
and i'll keep telling myself that as i work on finishing up that second quilt!