When I was staying with Brianne and Brady for a few weeks back in June/July, Brady was looking through my Photos app on my MacBook. He came across the house block I'd designed for project #1 for the RSC2017. I showed him my drawing in my graph book. He was absolutely fascinated that something I drew in the graph book, I then made in fabric, into a useable item.
So another day, when I was sketching/doodling, he wanted to as well. He wanted to put a border around one of my 'fooling around' sketches, so I said sure. I'd been playing again with HRTs. I started another design on the bottom half of the page while he worked on the top half. This is what he designed:
|All the purple numbers and letters and figurings are mine, as well as the 'star' at the bottom; the three odd random black lines are shadows of blades of grass!|
He obviously liked my HRTs (half-rectangle triangles) because he drew several more at random. However, he covered up most of the sort of star I'd been playing with.
Me: So why did you do a big scribble in that spot?
Brady: Scribble? That's not a scribble, Nana, that's a big diamond!
Me: Oh. Of course.
His current favourite colour is blue. Up until recently it was always red. For a little while it was purple. But now it is blue. Interesting (red+blue=purple😉)
|Flimsy is done|
I wanted some stellar quilting in that big diamond. Feathers were a little too girlie, and didn't go with the masculine angles. Angles! Spirograph design! Yesss!
Here is a shot of his sketch beside the finished quilt. The sun showed off the quilting and the YLI purple and navy variegated thread I used.
I kept the quilting in the background to a minimum, just some echoes around the diamond with Sulky metallic, and stitch in the ditch for the HRTs. I did two straight lines through the checkerboard frame.
and the label:
I used a flannel from my stash for the backing, nice and cosy on a little lap, and a scrap of Warm 'n Natural for the batting. The binding is more of the purple batik. It's now been taken by Grandpa MacGyver to the designer himself, who was pretty tickled to open it.
Pattern: designed by Brady
Size: 22.5 X 18.5"
Fabric: scraps and stash
Batting: Warm n Natural
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann cotton; quilted with YLI 40 wt variegated in plum, Aurifil white 50 wt, and Sulky metallic
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