An online blogger/friend suggested I enter my Lava Meets Sea quilt in the Blogger Quilt Festival on Amy’s Creative Side in the Two Color category. So even though I’m kind of a new quilter (maybe three years?) and nervous about entering, I’ll give it a try!
This quilt was a gift to my best friend and her now husband. I wanted to use fabric to represent the joining of two hearts, two lives, and two families. They have six children between them, so their October 5th wedding was as much about the blending of families as it was about their commitment to each other. I wanted a way to show that differences could work beautifully together.
I started off with a very different design in mind, but as I thought about what I wanted to show, I realized that a half square triangle quilt in a “diamonds and rings” layout would be perfect. It allows the colors to flow together without losing their own pattern. In fact it just makes it stronger, reinforces it.
I named the quilt “Lava Meets Sea” because when the result is rock solid. That’s got to be a good foundation for a marriage too, right?
So here’s my entry, and I hope you liked it. If you want to try making a similar quilt, I wrote up some tips about how I made this one. Thank you so much!
It’s a great quilt! I love how you blended the colors and I love the meaning behind it.
Thank you! They were really happy with the quilt, which means I was, too! :)
I obviously don’t need to tell you how awesome I think this is, yes ;)?
I’m just glad you suggested I enter! I thought about it, but still feel “new”, like I’m not “there” yet. Who cares where I am, right? Let’s make pretty quilts and talk about them! :D
I have no expectation of winning–just trying to get more people to read my blog ;).
This is absolutely stunning! Gorgeous work. Love the amount of texture you got from the different shades…
Thank you! I worried at first with so many shades, hoping it would end up making sense and that I wouldn’t lose the design in all the variations. I tried to be strict about color values as I went along and thankfully it turned out the way I pictured it. :)
Sarah this is an amazing quilt and I love the thought process behind the design. Very cool.
Thank you, Barb! My friend is very sentimental, and she loved the concept. Her husband loved the name, so it’s all good!
sarah, this quilt is just stunning!I love it. I do not like doing HST myself but this tempts me because it is just so beautiful!! great job
Hi Kris, and thank you! I really do like HST, I fall back to them over and over. Sometimes I even think of doing another quilt similar to this one to keep, maybe in grays and oranges. It would look like sunrise chasing away the clouds … !
I love this quilt. It plays with aqua and red it such a unique clever way. Beautiful.
Thank you so much! I had a moment of panic — actually sat up in bed at night when I realized color alone wouldn’t hold the pattern, that I’d have to make sure when the reds and blues met that the values were consistent. If the dark red and dark blues were ringing each other instead of dark and light, it would all fall apart. I can’t believe that part didn’t occur to me until I was already working on the quilt! I *IS* clever, it almost outsmarted me! :)
Wow, such a gorgeous quilt!!!
Thank you, Michelle! I’m really glad you like it! :)
This is gorgeous!! I love those colors together anyway but this is stunning!!
Thank you! I’m with you, I love the spicy reds along with the cool, watery blues. They play off each other well, don’t they?
I really love this quilt! The way you blended the colours is perfection!
Thank you so much, Charlotte! I’m really glad you liked it. :)
This is the way to do a two color quilt! Wonderful job! I can’t get over it, but the who can get past the turquoise! Great name, too!!
Thank you, Lori! I really love your art quilt, too! I’ve got a lot to learn from you!
This one is one of my favorites you have made! I love the colors in it and how the secondary pattern really catches the eye! I hope you win my friend! You are very talented!
Thank you so much, Lisa! I love the quilt you have entered, too — especially the way you added in the hand quilting. That was a really nice detail, a personal touch. And I first heard about the quilt festival from you!
I love this! Beautiful design and color! Best of luck with your entry-! It already is a winner!
Thank you, Mary! That’s very kind of you! :)
This is a beautiful quilt and the colours are stunning. Great to read the story behind making this. Glad you joined the festival.
Thank you, Karen! Maybe now I’ll be brave enough to join again in the future.
Fabulous use of colour. A feast for the eyes!
Thank you so much, Katherine! It was a fun quilt to make, the colors kept it interesting. :)
Thank you, Valerie!
I love this quilt. You did an amazing job! Thank you so much for sharing.
Thank you, Cindy! I’m really glad you liked it. :)
Your quilt is simply stunning! There is nothing novice about your quilting – amazing color choices, design and execution – I am so glad you did enter it into the Quilt Festival! What an amazing gift for your friends, bravo!
Thank you so much, Marija! I try to put a lot of thought into each quilt. This one does a good job telling its story. :)
I love the deep meaning you gave to this quilt. You really thought about it and that is so beautiful. I also love the colours and the gradation you achieved and the blocks you used. It’s a really beautiful quilt!
Thank you, Aoife! The design really evolved the more I thought about it. (Originally it was going to be more of a stacked coins quilt, red with accents of black.) I think this fits much better. I try to give myself room to change my mind!
This is an awesome two color quilt. Your eye for design is wonderful. I’m sure your friend and her husband/blended family are head over heels in love with this quilt.
Have a great day.
Thank you so much, Queenie! They really do like their quilt, and were surprised to find that different shades of red and blue matched perfectly with different aspects of their home, like it was all supposed to be there. :)
Stunning! (You got my vote!)
Beth, thank you so much! (Lol, in my head I’m saying, “I got a vote!” :D )
It a beautiful quilt and I love the story behind it :)
Thank you, Cille! I think quilts are an excellent way to illustrate life. :)
Beautiful quilt! You really blended the colours beautifully and I love the sentiment behind the name. What a gorgeous gift.