I decided to try to find a fabric line with similar colors to those in the painting, and that's when I stumbled across VeloCity by Jessica Hogarth for P&B Textiles. I had seen this line before, but never had a reason to use it, so I was glad the colors fit in well with what I was looking for - it gave me a good excuse to buy some of it!
And as far as a design for the quilt, I've said it before, and I'll say it again - inspiration strikes in weird places! I was watching - of all things - a show on E! (don't judge me, please!), and during a commercial, there was a background of plus signs in different sizes. So I sketched out a design, then went to cutting. I'm calling this quilt, "Pluses Big and Small." Here's the finished quilt front -
Here's the label -
For the quilting, I did continuous straight lines through all the pluses. The areas that weren't quilted were a little puffy, so I knew something needed to go in those spots. So I went with small scallops/clam shells. This is my proudest quilting-on-a-home-machine moment! And it was easier than I thought it would be. Quilting those scallops in small sections made it very manageable, whereas quilting the whole thing on my little machine would have been a headache! I love the texture created by both quilting designs.
And here's a shot of the binding. I love the pop of green!
For the solid, I was worried about using a gray that would be too dark, and blend in with the dark gray print that I used. I was also worried about using a white that would blend in with the white print I used. So I went to my LQS, and started looking for Kona Ash, which they were out of. But they did have this light gray Moda Bella. I think the it's a perfect complement, because there are light gray elements peppered throughout a lot of the VeloCity prints.
This one was hard to give away! Thankfully, I have enough of the VeloCity left over, so one of these days I can make a copycat quilt to keep.