Friday, February 21, 2014

Fish On !!

Steelhead season has begun here on the main Salmon River. The excited news of a fish on the hook (barb-less, of course) can be heard on the shore and on jetboats, such as ours, which is really named after yours truly, Current Girlfriend. Even happier news is that one of my very favorite people, Taylor Hunt, got married on February 15th to his sweetheart, Amanda Morgan. Taylor is a die hard steelhead fisherman. So, for a wedding gift I made Taylor and Amanda an art quilt. It has the catchy title, "Steelhead Rising."
I wanted it to look modern, and so I made it out of taupe solid with some triangles from Habitat, a collection by Michele D'Amore for Benartex. The steelhead is from a piece of batik, grey-blue with pine branches printed on the fabric. The wavy quilting is with metallic thread to represent the water. Beads embellish some of the triangles to show movement.
Funny how I always get anxious when I give a quilt. Will they like it, or will it end up as a dog blanket (sans hook.) Maybe it will adorn the walls of the Tiny House, the vacation home for the Hunt family near Sun Valley. In any case, blessings on the marriage of Taylor and Amanda.

Windy February day here in the canyon.
Little buttons represent caddisfly cases on the rocks, which are a wonderful Alexander Hoffman fabric.

Quilting detail of de tail.

Moda batik border, followed by some wonderful Japanese nubby cotton. 
Mr. Thimblepie provided a real steelhead lure. It is not attached to a line, because this one got away.

   It was my February goal for ALOF.

They love it! (Needs a little steam, looks like they are working on that.)


  1. Nice work! I love the "modern" style of the background, and your machine quilting if really pretty. looks like you used some metallic thread? I really like all your little embellishments too. xoxo way to finish!

  2. It's so beautiful!! We love it! And, luckily, we don't have a dog so you don't need to worry. haha It will find a very special place. :)

  3. I can't believe what an awesome gift this was! I an so grateful for the time, love and thought that went into this. Thank you so much!

  4. How special that you would make them such a personalized gift. Love everything about it. The buttons are perfect for it! Looks like this will be a well-loved quilt for sure!

  5. Your quilt is a lovely work of art. It's wonderful that you were able to customize it fit the happy couple.