Into the Emerald Woods

>> Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Way back when, in the fall, when there were still yellow leaves dancing in the trees and fluttering on the ground, I had this idea for a quilt series: monochromatic, two-tone, shape-focused quilts. I made one, pulled the fabric for a second, and got stymied for time. But perhaps it will be a series developed over many months, a yearly touchstone of Two Hippos designs. Or it will stay in my head. Which is fine too.

The front yard is currently brown with specks of old snow, maybe even a few remnant piles of white glory. But every fall it gets coated in brilliant yellow, providing the perfect backdrop for a very green quilt (pre-washing -- had to take advantage of the color). For the record, I made this before Pantone selected Emerald as the color of the year, but obviously they read my mind. The particular greens came from my unlabeled stash which means I cannot tell you where to find them. I sort of think one of them was from P&B textiles, but that's all I got. The binding was Moda Orange, I know that.

It started with the medium chevrons, pieced from 5" squares turned into HSTS sewn together into chevrons. At one point, it was all chevrons plus negative space. I liked it but didn't love it. Also, it was a touch small and I was out of the darker green fabric (a regular issue when one quilts from stash and does not plan ahead of time -- it's more fun this way, I promise).

In a quest for movement, I added the line (cue first week of 9th grade geometry and lessons on points and lines. I mostly remember the teacher talking about dots as points and points as lines, beyond that I much preferred algebra to geometry). I considered upping the green quotient with some bright lime, but I held tight to my two-toned vision.

Until the binding, when I auditioned several more greens and, on a lark, some orange. It needed orange. But before I bound, I quilted, in irregularly spaced curvy lines. It's one of my favorite quilting methods (imprecise, fast, crinkle-inducing, and echoed the Mendocino backing fabric -- super soft stuff, that Mendocino line). It was tempting to keep this one, but it was too small for me to use (at about 36"x45") and too large to hang. Instead, it made its way to Chicago and the hands of the young Judah Oliver, whose parents, I happen to know, also adore green.


Chandra February 12, 2013 at 12:30 PM  

I love this two tone green (and nice contrasting binding). I especially liked that you were unable to share the brand origins of your stash fabrics. Because I love them all the more in their mystery.

Aoife February 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM  

I like this quilt. It reminds me of the national road signs in Ireland, a little bit. And now I'm thinking that's something I should try to make for one of my (many) ex-pat friends :) Thanks for the inspiration!

PS do you mind if I link to this post on pinterest so I don't forget this moment of inspiration or where it came from?

Karissa February 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM  

Elegant simplicity! And the perfect backing fabric :)

Anonymous February 12, 2013 at 9:02 PM  

Wonderful little quilt! The green shapes are fabulous, and I especially like the orange binding.

Kelli February 13, 2013 at 11:54 AM  

Love the orange especially. It really makes the greens stand out.

FlourishingPalms February 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM  

You've made a quilt that speaks to my heart. So pretty! I want to make an emerald quilt too, but I don't trust myself, or my computer screen, to pick the right 2013 Emerald! I think I'll play it safe and order an emerald fq bundle from an online shop. The orange binding you added is per-fect! I would never have thought of using it.

Dee February 15, 2013 at 5:02 PM  

Love the photo setting for this incredibly vibrant and beautiful quilt!

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