A No Yellow Quilt

After seeing his brother’s quilt that I had made, he wanted one too. Thomas wanted fish to be his focus.Finding fish fabric that isn’t childlike or doesn’t look like it came out of a hunting and fishing magazine is tough. But I felt like I lucked out when I visited Five Eighth Seams in Charleston. One of the gals there helped me pick out these four fabrics for the quilt. I showed Thomas, it he didn’t like the yellow. Bummer, I thought. Well maybe if he saw it all together, he’d see how the yellow will help make the quilt “pop”. I decided on a large hexagon shape. I cut 200 half hexies in order to avoid sewing “Y” seams. I played around with the color placement. I realized that with only the four original fabrics, it was not going to work, so I bought the solid green. Thomas still didn’t like the yellow.

Aargh! Ok. Maybe that was too much yellow. What if there were only a few spots of it? Well, if I take out even a few yellow hexagons, I’ll need to replace it with another fabric. So I bought some fabric that looked like it had fish scales on it. This is it. I started sewing row after row, each half hexie to the next. Thomas came home one afternoon as I was working on the quilt. I was about half way through sewing the rows, when he kindly said “Mom, I love everything about this quilt, except the yellow.”

Ok. Ok. I accept it. No yellow. I grabbed my seam ripper and took out all the yellow. These two of course wanted to help. Unfortunately, Sam’s happy tail knocked the bottom two rows off the wall. After sewing each of the rows together, I knew it wouldn’t be long enough, so had to sew more half hexies together to make .I had lots of encouragement to continue on.When it came time to pin the layers together, Coconut was there to supervise.For the backing fabric, I used this bass fish. If you look closely, you can see the bass with his mouth wide open.I chose to do an easy, straight line quilting. I just went from one corner to the next. Easy Peasy.Here is the front….And here is the back! All Thomas approved. And not a spot of yellow in sight.Thanks for dropping by!

4 thoughts on “A No Yellow Quilt

  1. I love it! Love the quilt AND the “no yellow” story! I made a quilt for my son’s high school graduation. I had him look at my “quilt inspiration ” Pinterest board and choose some that he liked. He picked one specific quilt and wanted it made exactly like they showed it….of course it was all solid fabrics. I have an extensive fabric collection, no solids. So funny that these boys we have raised and who seem so nonchalant about things, have such specific requests! I found your blog through my sister, Beth Jones! She knew I would enjoy your post about your son’s quilt. (I went back and read about your older son’s quilt too!)

    • I love Beth! These boys are funny. Thomas picked up a thick Honduran fabric, something one might use in a hammock or a rug, and asked if that could be the back of his quilt. Not sure how cozy that would have been.

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