Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Quilt Week

Finally, I'm able to share a little bit of the quilting process with you. Not what I would like it to be but all that I seem to be able to upload right now.
"The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking," by Jane Brocket, has been a great inspiration for the design of this special piece, as well as the beautiful fabric of Amy Butler and Kaffe Fassett.

The quilt is made with 5" squares. Here, they are arranged in 4 square blocks in preparation for sewing.
My little work corner
After sewing, I hang the blocks in progress to get an eye for fabric placement. This quilt is pretty freeform with arrangement, except, I did not want like squares against each other, and I wanted to have a sprinkling of lights and darks.
From my production area, I pinned the blocks to a sheet on the guest room wall. This way I could turn and arrange them 'til it all felt right.
Yesterday morning, I sewed all the blocks together and added to more rows at the bottom. As this comes together, I am in a constant state of gratitude and re-living the times spent with my sister , Margaret, making my first attempt at sewing pieces of fabric together to form a tiny quilt, and also, the patience she showed in teaching me how to hand quilt.
Today, as time draws near to get this gift to the quilting service, I took the afternoon off to make one more trip to Tumbleweed Quilts to purchase the backing and the border fabric. I'd ordered them on line, received confirmation and they NEVER came. Fortunately, I was able to buy similar fabric but it is not as originally planned.
The new fabrics have been washed and hung to dry and tomorrow I will be able to do the final cutting and sewing. My mind is already spinning with ideas for other quilts! Oh, oh..


Anonymous said...

Love the colors!! So pretty! I'd really love to make a quilt, but first must get a machine. Guess I've told you that a 100 times. I still have all dad's plaid shirts. I just need the inspiration to buy the machine and get a good pair of cutting shears and start! So maybe you should bug me to buy the sewing machine and tell me what to get....debbie

Cape Cod Kitty said...

I would be so happy to "coach" you along to making a quilt from your father's shirts. It would be so easy using the squares pattern which I have done. Instead of scissors, you will want to get a rotary cutter and self-healing mat. We can talk about it. What fun!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

We need to discuss quilting when we meet this Sunday! It's one of my dreams to learn how ♥

bySarah said...

I absolutely LOVE the fabrics you chose! Cant wait to see it all quilted up!!

Linda said...

You make quilting seem so easy. I did not find it easy at all and walked away, never to return. I do, however, enjoy looking at quilts and have the greatest admiration for those who can make them.

Poppy said...

Well I have the sewing machine. I have the rotary cutter and self healing board. I have TWO huge rubbermaid totes with oodles of fabric I bought for oodles of quilts I made in my mind...remind me to photograph the fabrics for you sometime...I just need someone to teach me how to use my sewing machine and to hold my hand as I make the first cuts!!! Hmmmmmm....wonder how much a round trip ticket from there to here would be???? *thinking* :)