Last weekend, John and I went back down to the awesome Hollyhill quilt shop to pick out some fabrics for a new quilt project that Mom’s agreed to take on for us. As you can see we’ve got mostly blues and neutrals, with accents of red and yellow.
The project? We have a huge, empty space above our bookshelves in the living room:
and thought that three little decorative quilts hung side by side would fill the space nicely, and fit in well with the cozy library feel that we’re trying to give the room. We had some difficulty choosing colors, not helped at all by the huge selection at Hollyhill, particularly with my leaning toward calm, more muted colors, and John’s desire for Bright!! ones, but I think we hit a pretty good balance that we’ll both be happy with. Blues that we both like – my neutrals – John’s bright accents.
While down there I also picked up some fabric that I hope to use to “slipcover” a metal bookshelf for my soon-to-be loft/office (by wrapping the fabric around the outside and sticking it in place with magnets). I’m using as color inspiration a picture that my parents gave me for graduation, and for the bookcase, settled on a nice beach glass color with little pink flowers – leaning against the painting below.
I also realized as I was going through some sample squares that Mom and I picked out back in January to help with the color decisions that some of them fit quite well with my upstairs colors. I’m thinking of stitching these together myself, and trying my hand at a simple, small patchwork quilt.
I don’t want to pick up yet another crafting hobby – but having these right here seems like too good an opportunity to pass up. …we will see.