Custom Subway Tile Denim Quilt
Laura’s Blog Entry
Recently I was thrilled to receive requests for two custom versions of my recycled denim quilts. I thought I would share the first completed one.
Etsy has a wonderful system for buyers to request a custom item and a clear and systematic way for sellers to collaborate with the buyer to design exactly what they want! I have really enjoyed the process.
This customer had some artwork she wanted to tie in as well as a specific “subway tile” construction for the denim quilt top. I was able to calculate the additional work for this (about twice as much cutting and piecing) and quote her a fair price for the quilt based on that.
I think it is actually quite stunning. All the shades of denim look very rich!
My process involves pulling denim from my stock and making sure I have a variety of shades. This varies depending on what I have on hand at the moment, but I do try to balance the darks and lights as well as vary the textures. I stand and cut and cut and cut and cut. And watch “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” It helps the process. I swear.
Then I lay everything out, making sure I am happy with the color progression both across and and down the rows.
Next I number each piece with painter’s tape, because I work a long time on the layout and if it gets messed up I’d die. It starts out as strips…
And ends up as this…
I gave my buyer a couple options for the backing fabric via iPod photos taken at the fabric store:
She went with the violet. Love it! Then I saw that the Pantone color for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. Guess we knew what we were doing when we picked that shade!
Yep, lovely! Let’s admire it just a smidge more:
So that’s that. Done and delivered! He’s a handsome boy, isn’t he?
And finally, the buyer sent me a photo today showing her cozy reading chair with the quilt.
I welcome requests for other custom orders! You can contact me via my Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Worksmith. There is a button to click below my photo. There is no obligation to buy if you inquire. This just starts a conversation. If it leads to a custom listing, great!
I am already working on another, which is a memorial quilt for the buyer’s father. I love this idea and feel quite honored to create a memory piece using material from his wardrobe.
Off to get quilty! Back with more soon!