Shelby’s Quilt


My Husband is an abstract painter. He has piles of completed sketchbooks. Not all of his ideas end up on canvas. A friend saw a modern quilt online, and asked me if I could make something like it. Thinking back on it, I’m pretty sure it was really a duvet cover. It reminded me of my husband’s paintings. We decided to make it a collaboration quilt. My husband gave her some color copies of one of his sketches. She was to manipulate it as she wished. Then, I would make a quilt from that design.

I know if I continue to use my husband’s sketches, I could have a fantastic body of work. As much as I love how unusual this quilt it, and the challenge it gave me, I don’t think I could limit myself to working like this. I love this quilt. I also have a fondness for traditional quilts. I enjoy working in a more intuitive way. There is something about growing a quilt intuitively that doesn’t happen when I follow a predetermined design. I’m not done using his sketches. He has a few more that I see in fabric, but I wont always work this way.

This quilt was a bit of game changer for me. It has helped build my confidence. I was already finding my way into the world of quilting, but this made me feel like I can now be a called a quilter. It’s put ideas in my head about maybe one day selling a quilt. It inspired me to pursue showing. I already gave this quilt away, but this Saturday, I will have another quilt in a show at the Fabric Studio.  

Here is the link to the Fabric Studio:

This is a link to my husbands work:


Published by jenniferquilting

A few years back my sister-in-law got me started on my first quilt. Ever since then I have been hooked in a big way. Quilting was always an idea that I was attracted to, but hadn't taken the time to dive into. The process takes me to that meditative place that art can bring into your life. I've always been a maker. Making is an important part of life.

2 thoughts on “Shelby’s Quilt

  1. This quilt is a knock. out. I would like to know more about how it is constructed. I sure wish you hadn’t given it away, because I’d like to see it in person.


    1. Sometimes I wish I still had it too. I had to do some research on sewing in curves. I watched some Youtube videos on it. It took some pushing to get it to work. This is the quilt that everyone wants. I will do more like this, but it’s much more my husbands aesthetics, then mine. I’m more like the “Insanity” quilt.


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