The inspiration for your custom quilt can come from anywhere. The idea for this ombre diamond quilt came from watching the sunset at my local beach (the beaches in Western Australia are downright gorgeous) , the delicious fade from bright orange to deep dark blue. One of my favourite places is sitting at the beach watching the waves and crocheting. I very rarely am awake in time to see the sunrise, but have so many memories of sunsets over the beach and wanted to create a quilt that gave me that same feeling.
This design almost fell into my brain. It doesn't always happen like that! But for this quilt, the expanding rings of colour was exactly what I wanted to capture the colour change coming out of the setting sun.
A whole lot of maths later (a necessary evil for quilt design, unfortunately) the quilt pattern was ready.
Sometimes, no natter how hard you look, store bought fabric isn't what the quilt needs; either the colours or the patterns just don't feel right. Cue the wonder of ice dyed fabric! I can control the colours and which ones to blend, while at the same time the ice dying method means that each piece of fabric is completely unique from each other. As the ice melts the dye powder lands onto the fabric at different rates, allowing for beautiful variances in depth of colour and pattern.
Now the cutting and sewing begins! Many hours, cups of coffee, true crime podcast episodes and ironed seams later, the quilt top is finished and ready to be sewn onto a mink blanket. The mink blanket isn't the traditional choice for quilt backing, but it is so soft, so cosy for snuggling under. And isn't that the whole point of having your own quilt?
The edges of each quilt are handsewn onto the mink blanket. It does take more time, but creates a perfect finish *chefs kiss*