This quilt started its life as an illustration by my talented, illustrator husband, Neil. He saw something along these lines and wanted to design his own quilt.
Neil Brown illustration
I started by collecting batiks. Every time I saw blues, oranges, reds and yellows, I would pick up a fat quarter or two. After a bit I had enough (and then some).
I then took his original illustration and had to figure out how to make it work as a quilt! First of all, I wanted a pieced background, to add interest. Then I had to figure out how to make the “curvy” lines of his illustration become straight! (You can do curves on quilts, but I didn’t know how to do that kind of a curve without immense difficulty!)
Next I had to figure out how to layer the appliqué pieces so that it would all line up and work! After all the center was completed, I wanted to set the blues off with a crazy pieced inner border, using the yellows and oranges. And finally, an outer border, with a few appliqués just for fun.
“Night and Day” quilt from “Quilt Batik!” ©2012 That Patchwork Place/Cheryl Brown
It was one of my more challenging designs, but I think the result was worth it. This is a favorite in the book, and I’ve had a couple of friends that have made it. I hope others have, too! I’ll be teaching this class sometime in the late autumn at K & H quilt shoppe in Kaysville, UT. Come and sign up if you’d like to enjoy a great “Night and Day!”