01 3 / 2012
13 2 / 2012
I stopped into Button Box in Wellesley today to grab another half yard of a fabric I was short on for Aidan’s quilt and to have a chat with one of the many little hens who work there about a conceptual problem I was having with the wedding quilt.
Enough people have given me significantly more fabric than I need that I was thinking of backing the quilt in spare fabric from people and emblems from T-shirts like the one that Debbie gave us - and maybe a few others we have laying around that we don’t wear. The problem I was having is that, for quilting purposes, I’d like the fronts and backs to line up. I’d thought of about a hundred ways to accomplish this and they all seemed super complex and/or impossible…but after a bunch of brainstorming, they suggested a technique I’ve never heard of and that I think solves several problems about this project.
Quilt as you go!
So basically you quilt every block and the backing piece that goes with it individually and *then* you assemble it into the big thing once it’s all done.
1) This means that I can make sure that back and front squares line up.
2) This means that I don’t have to assemble the whole front and the whole back and then assemble/sandwich/quilt/bind under the gun at the end - I can make pieces as they come in and then just assemble at the end - or even assemble as I have enough to assemble - which is brilliant.
3) I have a ton of batting chunks laying around and this will use them up nicely!
4) I can do it with or without sashing - but I think that sashing an otherwise super crazy quilt will unify it nicely.
This is all very exciting. I have three blocks done and conveniently three blocks of backing cut - so as soon as I get my sewing machine back from its warrantied cleaning/repair - I can start on this!
07 2 / 2012
For our wedding in June, I’ve asked our friends and relatives to mail us fabric with their RSVPs. Now invitations haven’t gone out yet, but I’ve gotten a bunch from people I see regularly so that I could begin already. In my mind, I need a minimum of 25 blocks, I have a goal of 36, and the most I could do without it becoming ridiculous is 64.
There are 200 invited guests and they’ve been given the prompt to “send fabric or fabrics representing yourselves -or-send a pre-made 12 inch quilt block” - if everyone does the assignment, there are 112 physical invites going out - so that means with 2 color blocks - 56ish possible - so far we’ve gotten one fabric per couple - athough I think a friend is planning to send fabric to represent each of her, her husband and her kids, which if people go that route would change things - I also am really hoping that someone sends us a quilt block because that would be pretty cool - but if they don’t I can handle it. :)
So far we’ve gotten some purchased fabric and also some clothing - a friend tried to give me a silk robe - which was pretty, but not washable. Jersey and nylon are *super* hard to work with in this context. I’ve been sure so far to match up stretchy and floaty fabrics with really stiff counterparts - but you can see from the paperpinwheel that it doesn’t always go as planned. That block is actually a little smaller than the others, I might have to border it honestly - something about the silky fabric in the middle changed when I cut and sewed it. I love a good challenge, though!
I’ve also cut the the front and back motifs off of the t-shirt in 12.5 inch squares - and then cut 12.5 inch hunks out of the fabrics that I have enough of (some I don’t or haven’t - the vintage came in pre-cut squares and the spoonflower was just the sample swatch and I used *all* of it) and hope to make the back in 12 inch blocks that line up wiht the front - which sounds crazy, but I think is doable…so that when I quilt it, the stitch in the ditch lines grid up on the back.
I’m probably going to quilt it in a grid since it’s a sampler quilt and I probably won’t have much time in the finshing stages - this is a wedding and it’s gonna be my chuppah after all - must.be.done. So I’ll stich in the ditches and then I’ll just go down the middle line at 6 inches on each square. That should hold just fine and be easy enough to do.
3 down - 22 or 33 to go! Invites go out in a few weeks, so hopefully fabric will start piling in at that point…and also my birthday party happens about a week after the invites go out, so I hope I can encourage people to bring their RSVPs with them. This seems like a good idea. I guess we’ll all find out.
Streak of Lightning with Vintage Scraps & Spoonflower Custom
My Blue Heaven with a t-shirt & some quilting fabric.
Paper Pinwheel with silky shirt & cotton fabric.