I'm working on a quilt for a friend, who is pretty special to both my husband and to me. He was my husband's youth choir director throughout high school, and then moved (across the state) to my church and was my youth choir director in the following years. During that time, he encouraged each of us to pursue music in college, and as it happened, my husband and I ended up attending the same college (a tiny, private school in Shreveport, LA- I later transferred to LSU). It happened to be Sidney's alma mater. Of course, this is where we met. Fast forward almost three years, and Sidney ended up marrying us.
So, when he asked for a specific kind of quilt, I certainly wanted to accommodate his request. He asked for a quilt in shades of taupe, cream and white, with sort of a spa feeling- very soft and clean. After some looking around, here is the picture that I used for inspiration (picture from aboutseaglass.com)-
Now, let's be clear about something. There is a huge difference between selling your quilts and taking orders for quilts- and it has nothing to do with your quilting skills. It has everything to do with second guessing your choices, and hoping that the person who has placed the order will like it.
My biggest concern was that all of the shades of beige and cream would just blend together and be really boring, or that I would put in too much aqua for his taste. Here's the finished top (I just love looking at quilt tops in the sunshine!)-
Although this is a huge departure from the kinds of quilts I usually make, I think that I captured the essence of the pictures and the soothing feel he wanted in the colors. I still worry that the creams and taupes blend together too much, but it does look a bit like sea glass scattered out on the beach. What do you think?