Night Ride is an oversized hand quilted throw exploring contrast and retroactively inspired by a ride home on dark rural roads outside of Savannah, GA. The low contrast of navy and charcoal tones, one triangle facing many, the textural contrast of nubby linen and smooth cotton, the way the black hand stitching blends into one half and the red stitching stands out on the other, the bold red binding, and the feeling of being equally ready to go home and wanting to keep on driving.
72” x 72”
An oversized throw, large wall hanging or bed cover
Top: Navy linen and Charcoal cotton
Binding: Tomato cotton
Back: Natural cotton, Charcoal cotton, and naturally dyed indigo cotton from Apprvl
Batting: Thick US-grown unbleached 100% cotton
Thread: Red + black thick cotton thread
Over 40 hours of machine piecing, hand quilting and finishing the quilt binding by hand
Made by Laura in her mobile Airstream studio that traveled through Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Louisiana during the creation of this quilt
Ready to ship in 1 - 3 business days
Dry clean only to extend the life of your quilt. Spot clean if necessary.
When I first designed this quilt, I just wanted to make it because I liked it. The groupings of triangles, the symmetry and the low contrast tones in contrasting fabrics felt very appealing to me, but I couldn’t figure out why. Over the course of slowly making this quilt, it started to become more meaningful, more expressive. But it wasn’t until one night, riding home from visiting my brother in Savannah, that it all clicked. Driving through the darkness of rural Carolina in the thick warm southern air, looking out at the landscape to see the slightest delineation of the inky charcoal trees against the dark navy sky, punctuated only by pulsing red lights off in the distance and infrequent crossroads. It’s a darkened landscape I’ve seen a million times, but this time, with this quilt, it came together and resonated loudly. With Night Ride, I wanted to combine dark subtle tones with bold red stitching and binding to capture the contrasting emotions of quiet satisfaction and readiness to be home, with the freedom of the road and excitement of watching beautiful fleeting moments fly by.