Woohoo! My New Wave Quilt is finished! Another thing off my finish-it-now to-do list – I’m just knockin’ those suckers back now! – and ready to use for the summer. Because it’s lightly quilted, it’ll be nice and light for summer nights, even if it is only a large lap quilt (a good size when you don’t want lots of blanket, but can’t stand to sleep without one).
I chose to use Kona Charcoal and Kona Pomegranate for the sashing and binding, respectively, because it was just a bit off the obvious color choices the prints I used suggested. The easy option would’ve been a dark brown for the sashing, and some kind of gold for the binding, but a friend of mine has the Kona color card (lucky gal) and I had the luxury of sitting with my pile of prints, holding each one against all the different Kona shades. I felt that the Charcoal really did the prints justice while still standing up for itself and contributing something of its own, and the Pomegranate tied together all those bits of pink and red and kind of girl-ified the masculine colors a bit. I’m so so pleased with my choices!
I used a vintage sheet – well, actually, part of a duvet cover – as the backing, pieced with a strip of a vintage pillowcase. I got both for peanuts at the charity shop I volunteer for – actually, the pillowcase was a big mess and would’ve been tossed, all full of holes and marker stains, weirdly. I managed to chop out just enough good fabric to piece that strip in – here’s to making awesome use of garbage! I love that main print, from the duvet cover, but it really did need to be broken up with something that would brighten it up.
I’ve named this one for The Partridge Family (audio of this, perhaps their most classically corny song, here) because this quilt is all about the gloriously brown-and-gold colors of the 1970s and, let’s face it, when am I ever going to be able to name something for The Partridge Family again?! This is no joke, I really do love them – I’ve got the dvds, the albums, even books about the show. That zany singing family and their absurdly cheesy, terrible songs just make me so very happy!
The New Wave pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!. See more photos of my finished quilt in my Flickr photostream!