I was finally able to get the quilting done over the weekend, but even then I worked on it in short bursts, no more than 30 minutes at a time. This quilt measures 72 x 90, and a quilt this size takes me about four hours to stipple. I usually enjoy my marathon quilting sessions, but to my surprise, the shorter sessions were just as enjoyable, even though it really felt like doing it that way made it take longer.
Other than the triangle bits that are part of the little preemie quilt I'm working on, I used every available scrap in the backing, and I love the way this warm yellow fabric makes the colors pop.
The binding is a beautiful, rich shade of red that I feel like I have been seeing a lot lately, and I realized after I chose it that Marsala is the Pantone 2015 Color of the Year. So that may explain things a bit.
This quilt is for my mom, and I can't wait for her to see it. Perhaps you remember the Anna Maria Horner Dowry quilt that I made for her over the summer? Well, she is redoing the guest room in her house and wanted a quilt with AMH fabrics. She really loved the LouLouThi line (these fabrics), but since it is an older line I couldn't find enough of it, so I made the quilt with the Dowry fabrics instead.
Although she really likes the Dowry quilt, it turned out to be too dark for the room. The Dowry line is much more jewel-toned, and these fabrics are more earthy. Since I knew she had her heart set on LouLouThi, I kept my eyes peeled. I found a bundle of it on Etsy last fall and snatched it up. Clearly, the rest is history. All of this goes to explain the twofold meaning of the name of the quilt- Take Two.
Not only is this quilt "Take Two" for the intended room, I also think that Anna Maria Horner fabrics have such a great vintage feel. The prints feel like a wonderful hodgepodge of fabrics you might find in a thrift shop, and the bold mix of colors really give a treasured, aged quality to the quilt. I'm certain that Take Two will be exactly what my mom had in mind!