My husband, Brian, has waited patiently while I've made quilts for so many others in the 3 years or so that I've been quilting. Probably wondering...when will I get one? He says he loves the one I bought him for his graduation gift way before I even knew how to turn on a sewing machine, and frankly he must because he's worn it out. What he doesn't know is that I have been thinking about his quilt since I began making them. What colors would it be? Could I find fabrics that screamed "Brian" at me? (I mean...not literally...that would be terrifying!!! And loud.) What pattern would it be? One of my own design? Could I possibly find the perfect pattern?
Despite having the right plan and the right pieces. For some reason I was nervous about beginning this quilt. Cutting into the fabric...it was so definitive. And while cutting into perfect fabric isn't easy generally speaking...this was more difficult than usual and then it was so "easy."
Every piece of this quilt is cut with scissors. Darn templates with curves that make me too nervous to use a rotary. But it was fun to really see the fabrics as I worked, not at a frenzied pace, but a little here...a little there.
The only slight frustration I had was I did my backing calculations in the quilt shop one day, rather than prepping at home. Math is not my strength, and so I was cutting it REALLY close with my yardage apparently, and also dealing with some unfortunate cutting off of the bolt. (Those bolts are pesky when they fabric isn't put on straight.) That's why that lovely Parson Gray print on the back is not quite straight. Oh well, how often are you staring at the back anyway? Moving on. So if we ignore the crooked backing and just look at that lovely mottled navy fabric...you can see the detail in the quilting design...
I LOVE IT!!! And I can't believe I did it...and with such great tension! Supreme Slider my friends...best FMQ invention ever aside from gloves.
So if my husband's name is Brian...
Well, while researching homeschooling I happened upon some text on learning styles. I was reading them after dinner while chatting with Brian, and began to chuckle. The learning style entitled Competent Carl was a PERFECT descriptor of my husband. But, due to his needing to know every detail of EVERYTHING...I altered the descriptive title to Curious Carl. The Irish Claddagh symbol is on our wedding rings, and so I wanted it here as well, as we both have Irish ancestry. This quilt is a great "wrap up" (HA!) of my hubby. The Cog + Wheel is very engineer-y in design. The colors are so him. The fabrics are graphic in nature. But, in the low volume areas I snuck in a few pieces that are a little bit me. Just to remind him of his wife who loves him so very much. And to take it one little step further... I think it's appropriate that alongside ALL of the David Butler fabric, I added in one lovely Amy Butler print into the mix. :)
So, my "Curious Carl"...I hope you read this and know how much time, thought, and most importantly love that went into this quilt. I love you for everything you bring into my life...even all of the questions. ;) Just like with Gabriel's quilt, I said a little prayer over this one and gave it a kiss and hug before placing it in the wash.
And then after it's solo photo shoot...
I let the kids give it some love as well.