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Crossword Puzzle Quilt

I loved designing the
Crossword Puzzle Quilt!
Last year, inspiration struck when I decided to make a quilt for an engaged couple. I know the woman professionally – we started working for a company around the same time. I was fresh out of school and awkward and tucked away in my apartment every night. After finding out some common interests, we got together a few times and ogled at TV reality stars. Through the years, she has always been very kind to me. After some heartbreaking personal experiences, she finally found a nice guy who makes her very happy. He has two children and they both brought several dogs into their relationship. She posts various hashtags/phrases to describe her relationship and good fortunes in life.

I am a Wheel of Fortune FANATIC. My husband and I are competitive, especially when it comes to who can solve the puzzle first. I loved when they introduced the crossword puzzle on the show because I’m better at guessing words with few letters than answering clues like in a traditional crossword. I envisioned these phrases my friend used as a Wheel of Fortune crossword puzzle and that is how a new quilt was born. I started sketching squares and filling in the blanks with those common phrases and added in each of their names, including the children.

I would describe my friend as glamorous and knew immediately that golds, greys, whites and blacks had to be the fabric colors. I knew I needed a rich color, so I decided to accent with deep purples. Zen Chic’s Modern Background Luster Metallic collection had recently come out and I was so excited because I knew it’d be the perfect fit. I accented it with When Skies Are Grey Gold Words from Simple Simon and Company, as well as a variety of deep purples from my stash.

I loved how the quilt turned out! I was more excited by friend’s reaction to it. Quilts can serve as a unique keepsake to an important moment in life – which is probably why quilters jump at the chance to make a baby or graduation or marriage quilt. Never mind. Quilters will jump at ANY chance for ANY reason to make a quilt :)

Where do you find inspiration to design a quilt?

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