Last month I finished another quilt, a log cabin quilt I made from some of my favorite fabric ever-- Etchings by 3 Sisters. The fabric, full of architectural elements, maps of Paris, and sweet flowers spoke to that place in my heart that has always longed to see Paris.
In addition to the wonderful designs on the fabric, the colors of grey, aqua, and red are glorious.
As this was such a joy to make, I had to give it to one of my favorite women on her birthday. Sue, a world traveler herself, loves Paris as much as I do (but she actually has been there multiple times). I can easily picture Sue cuddled up in this lap quilt, sipping coffee and reading her Bible in French as she works towards fluency.
As wonderful it is to make quilts, I think my favorite part is seeing the new owner's face when they unwrap the box and see their new quilt inside.
A bit more about the fabric: the Etchings line from 3 Sisters for Moda. This classic French elegance is captured beautifully in this collection of lush botanical designs, some featuring delicate, sinuous line work to coordinate with the engraved architectural print derived from an antique book the Sisters acquired on one of their man flea market jaunts. Damasks and tapestry prints, a range of woven cotton in warm shades of grey stone, aqua, rich red and ivory parchment paper are reminiscent of stepping of the bustling Paris streets into a grand foyer of a historic theater with dramatic draperies and ornate moldings.
As I was piecing and quilting, I just wanted to fall into the fabric and find myself along the streets of Paris.
"Breakfast in Paris" - September, 2014