This quilt is one that was created in the fictional book, The Union Quilters, by the same author, Jennifer Chiaverini. I, along with many quilters, contributed blocks for several of the quilts photographed for this pattern book.
I was inspired by storm clouds last summer, to do this quilt in blue and gray. Of course, there's the obvious Civil War blue and gray North and South. When I noticed this sky,
my first thought was to grab the camera -- these colors need to be used for quilt! At the same time discussions were online about this particular quilt. Well, of course, this one, for me, is meant to be blue/gray/white.
This picture was taken over Whitefish Bay, Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Those mountains, where water meets sky, are Canada across the bay. Another photo taken at the same time includes beach sand.
I often get my color combinations from nature. You just can't beat it for putting colors and shades together. God's artwork is always amazing!
I've been collecting and setting aside fabrics for this quilt, with special note to gather grays, as I know I have many blues in my stash.
I think this collection captures the natural inspiration.
Are you planning for this quilt too? Connie B. of the Sylvia's Bridal Sampler group will be running a block-a-week challenge for The Loyal Union Sampler quilt. Can't wait!