A quilt story
This is the quilt that I showed you a few close-ups of in the last post. The moment I saw Anna Maria Horner's Love Emblem quilt pattern I knew that was what I'd like to use as the starting point for a quilt for our friends, Sam and Leanne. Sam is one of my husband's oldest friends and despite the fact that we've only actually known Leanne for three years, she feels like one of our oldest friends too, so I really wanted this quilt, which was to be their wedding gift, to feel as though it was very much from my husband as well as me. With this in mind, I asked for his input in picking out the fabrics for it and we eventually put together a fairly Morrocan-inspired palette taken from a few of Anna Maria's fabric lines, mainly Good Folks and Innocent Crush.
At this stage, as it was above, the colours really didn't work for me and I only felt happy with it once I'd finally hand stitched the heart in place and pulled it together with the red panels that surround the central square.
On the reverse I used a large piece of one of my favourite ever Anna Maria Horner prints and then to the side, little swatches of each of the fabrics that had appeared on the front of the quilt. The quilt patch reads: "For Samson & Leanne, may your years be filled with happiness. With love from Ian, Florence, ... & ... xxx"
Me standing behind it may give you some idea as to its size - it's smaller than a regular quilt - it's more of an armchair-sized throw. I did consider making it bigger, but felt it might be more handy at this size for trailing around the house, taking out on picnics or even eventually placing babies on.