I have finished the top for my doll quilt for the swap. The inspiration for this hit me when I was walking Mali. We walked past a house with a Japanese garden, and I started daydreaming about Japanese craft/zakka books I have seen in the past. There was this one book on patchwork, in particular, that I was especially smitten with. I can't remember what the title is, and I keep looking for it on eBay to no avail. All I remember is that it had the most beautiful patchwork designs, very clever, pretty stuff that was both traditional and fresh at the same time. There was this one pattern in it for some sort of cozy or mat with little crosses in a bright mix of colors and prints. Ultimately, that was the kind of project I was looking for - one where I could sublimate my OCD desire for tiny piecing and also come up with something with a crisp, contemporary edge to it.
I have to admit, I had a lot of fun working on this top. Once I figured it out, it was a breeze, and I enjoyed working with these colors. Pretty much the entire time I was piecing and ironing, I was thinking to myself, "Awwwwww yeah! Woohoo!" That's how much I liked working on the top. I am going to start the reverse side shortly, which will consist of a couple of crosses on an ivory background. I am really hoping to have this quilted by Sunday evening so that I can bind it by Monday and send it out by Tuesday. The 18th is soon approaching - only four days away now.
My only problem is that I am still a little unsure as to whether or not this might be suited to my partner's tastes. I mean, I didn't want to make her a quilt that she would make for herself because where's the fun in that? Personally, if I wanted a quilt done in my exact style, then I wouldn't be swapping with anyone - I'd make it for myself and that's that. That said, I also don't want to present her with something that she would never dream of putting up in her living space and that will hide in the bottom of some box or possibly end up re-gifted or swapped out for something else. I want her to like this. I want her to love this. Frankly, I am scared that this design is too boring and staid for her tastes. I don't know. What do you think? Too plain? Too conservative? Too static? Or kinda fun? I hate feeling this insecure over a project.