At the end of May my mother texted me about commissioning a wall hanging for the cottage my mother and aunt inherited when my grandmother passed away last fall. It’s the cottage I recently posted about on the coast of Connecticut. It’s right on the water on the coast of Connecticut but it’s not a fancy place; running water is from rain barrels on the roof, no shower and until this year no Internet.
After our quick conversation I had a little panic moment where I feared I’d never be able to come up with something perfect for the space it needed to go in. I thought about it for a few weeks and came up with nothing. Finally I decided it would be easier to brainstorm with my mother and aunt on what to do.
While I was there this past weekend I snapped a photo of the wall for reference at home. Yes, the photo is straight; the cottage is a bit crooked (I’m telling you it’s a quaint spot) and we are in the midst of repainting the place so don’t mind the multi-colored ceiling!
While together, the three of us brainstormed on topics. I was trolling Pinterest and listening to the requirements:
- Nautical but not too nautical
- No anchors (aunt does not care for them)
- Fish, maybe no fish, but these are cute
- Blue and red to tie in the pillows we already have
- Oh and we need new curtains but we can do that later
- Sailboats are neat
Once we hit on sailboats I had a gut feeling that was a winner. I looked at some paper pieced sailboats but didn’t love them but when I found inspiration from the Patchwork Thread t-shirt Sailboat, I knew I had a winner!
I measured the spot on the wall again (deciding on at least 48×38″) and opened EQ7 to whip up a design and after a couple of iterations I had the block shape and proportions just the way I wanted them. We had talked about what fabric to use and I steered them towards Bonnie and Camille’s line Daysail for Moda. The colors were just right and I knew I could tone down the use of green to let the blues and reds be the focus.
I’m an over thinker so once I had the layout together and we were all in agreement I quickly ordered the fabric so I wouldn’t waste time second guessing the decisions. I picked up the charm packs and yardage I needed from the Fat Quarter Shop who has been so wonderful in sponsoring the giveaways for the 2015 New Quilt Blogger Blog hops (week 1 and week 2.) I’ve got some MASSIVE projects coming up this summer but I’m so excited for this one to get started!
Do you use EQ7 at all when designing your quilts? I jump back and forth using EQ7 or pen and paper but want to start using EQ7 more since it really helps me visualize placement ahead of time.