A couple of years ago, I showed my nephew several pictures of quilts and asked him which one he liked best. (This is the trick to making quilts for others – you let them pick a pattern from your existing Bucket List. That way you don’t end up making something you absolutely hate. At least, that’s the idea.) He picked a vortex quilt in flat black and white.
Guess what. I hated it. It was the most boring quilt I’ve ever worked on. I ended up wadding it into a ball and throwing it in a corner. So much for the Bucket List idea.
Fast forward a couple of years. Now he’s engaged to be married, and I decided I’d better get cracking on a quilt for the happy couple. I’m sticking with the vortex pattern, but let the bride pick the colors. She said “aqua with pops of coral and yellow”. Okay, I can handle that!
But wait. What kind of aqua? Is aqua the same as turquoise? Blue-green? Teal? Pastel aqua? Dark aqua? Aarrgghh!
I found something that I think will cover it nicely – an ombre fabric that goes from deep aqua at the selvedges into a pale aqua in the center.