With custom orders and my husband's birthday surprise, I've been in the waves, under the waves and over the waves!
Husbands are a funny lot! I always struggle with what to surprise him with for his birthday or any holiday. This year I decided to make him his very own Lava Flow. Our dream vacation was Hawaii a few years back and I know he fondly dreams about it all the time...more like obsesses over it!
I messed around with it, adding and taking away...cutting and trimming. And eventually ended up with something I was happy with.
Turned out, once he figured out that it was Lava, he really loved it! Men!
I got out the BIG mat for this project! Wouldn't it be fun to have a cutting table this big? I guess I do, but I mean to leave up forever!
I started with a wall of strips! Having yardage was such a help. I could cut a strip from selvage to selvage and be sure it would be long enough.
The most aggravating part of this process was cutting the curves. Only because this girl needs to change her blade!
I am over the moon happy with this! But the true test, will my customer be happy?! I sent a few pictures and much to my relief, she was thrilled! Sweet! Can't wait for the quilting!
This is the first version. She thought the white and grey looked to beige. In this picture it kinda does. I wanted a little texture, so I used 2 different whites and several greys. In person it looks more white! Plus, she wasn't happy with the dark blue ~ too much!
No problem, just whack off the bottom and change it up! Try #2. I was sure the top would end up being okay in the end.
She wasn't sure. I didn't want her to be unhappy with it. Sometimes it is hard to mix two visions together, but we'll get there. Whacked off the top and stuck with one white a few grey. Try #3.
Less white, maybe a little blue. Better, but more blue please. Try #4.
We still haven't quite reached the perfection! I will keep going until it is right. After the grocery store, the dentist, the laundry...I hope to get this buttoned up!