COLLAB: Birch & Pine Quilt
The second piece in the Vacilando x Designer Collaboration Series, the Birch & Pine Quilt was created over five months in a long-distance collaboration with Kate Oliver of Birch & Pine and The Modern Caravan.
I've long been an admirer of Kate's words, photographs and aesthetic, not to mention her openness, fortitude and drive that makes every project she embarks upon a real treat to follow along with. Whether it's her thoughtfully designed interiors she creates as one half of The Modern Caravan, the beautifully authentic words and photos of her daily life shared on Birch & Pine, or her keen eye for minimal, warm aesthetics that she curates on both, Kate is a talent I feel truly lucky to work with.
I meet Kate and Ellen after we had first moved to the Bay Area in 2015, while they were traveling for six months in their first Airstream. They were passing through San Francisco, heading south after a whirlwind summer spent caravanning through Alaska with some of our mutual Airstream friends, and ended up staying at the "campground" (ahem...parking lot) we were in for a couple days.
As with most Airstream folks, we made fast friends and spent our first evening together drinking whiskey and trading stories from the road in their first renovated home on wheels. The next day, we met them at a beach south of Half Moon Bay for an idyllic sunny afternoon frolicking in the surf, drinking beers and getting to know each other, followed by dinner at our favorite hole-in-the-wall burrito spot.
We've stayed in touch since then, watching each other's lives through little square photos on Instagram. They moved to Indianapolis, built a stunning new Airstream home for themselves and subsequently started their own business building Airstream homes for others, while we lived by the ocean in Northern California and then left to spend the year in Texas and build our own Airstream home with inspiration and guidance from Kate and Ellen.
When I reached out to Kate to work together on a quilt collaboration, it was no surprise that she had a beautifully descriptive and evocative story about an evening spent watching the sun set behind the mountains at a campground in British Columbia, a moment that she often recalls with the fondest of memories.
She shared this photo and her recollection of that evening below - inspiration for the Birch & Pine Quilt.
With that story and sentiment in mind and a rough sketch, we abstracted the mountains and the beams of light, using rich warmly colored Belgian linen to differentiate each element and rows of hand quilted stitches to create movement and direction. The resulting piece is comfortable yet modern, simple but visually interesting.
The Birch & Pine Quilt is a limited edition of four quilts and handmade in Texas by Laura.
All images courtesy of Kate Oliver