A co-worker first asked me to make a quilt for her Army son. It was my first commission, but this is what I made:
soldier quilt - advice needed
She loved it and decided to get one for each of her three adult children for Christmas so I made #2 after showing her a set of batik fat quarters I had on hand. Picture here: Batik turning 12
The third one got changed - from earth tones to PEACOCK colors! Quite a change! Here are two versions of that idea. I'll show them to her tomorrow and let her choose one. I don't care which one she chooses - I'll use the other for something or other.
The lighter version has feathers quilted in the solid purple blocks. It's backed in flannel with no batting. It's a 5-yard pattern that came with some bundle I purchased a while back. It's called "Basket Weave". The fabrics are a miscellaneous bunch I picked up on sale - two were $4/yd!
The brighter version is a fat quarter bundle from Connecting Threads. The line is called "Tulane" and the pattern is "Cheaper By the Dozen".
I'll be very curious to see which direction she goes. And ... this is it for commissions for me. If I have fabric on hand that someone wants made in my choice of pattern - okay. Or if I make one and someone wants to buy it - okay. But no more - earth tones turn to peacocks and no good direction in what that means - no more no way no how!
I'm charging twice the cost of the materials, but I'm a bargain hunter, didn't spend much for fabric, and am thinking that may not be enough. These are all simple patterns - easy to make, but they still take time. The quilting is mostly very basic meandering. The feather on the purple blocks is my first attempt at that style.