A long story short- my son has a friend that has hung out at our house for years and has persistently asked me to make him a quilt through the various stages of his young adulthood ( come on people- don’t make me feel bad about this- we all know what these guys rooms and apartments looked like- it was enough to break out in a rash just walking in the door! 🙂 ) This past year he came for a visit and told us he was getting married….he asked “ will you make me a quilt now??” – I just said “we’ll see”…….Only a few young people have asked me for a quilt , and only a heartless hag would deny that kind of persistence lol ! I had no idea of the couples color scheme in their apartment – and lets be honest- does it matter? How many times have you changed your decor over the years? It’s the quilt that matters.
So When I went to Paducah this year it was with the intent to shop for fabric for Eric and Rebekah’s quilt. What I decided to do was a quilt that was red, black and white- University of Georgia’s colors as that is where they met, fell in love and they are diehard Bulldog fans.
It has been so much fun playing with this wedding quilt. It’s not finished by a long shot, but I have really enjoyed the journey and the memories of making it for them.
Here are a few things that I have ben playing with :
- First off I purchased a new ruler put out by Deb Tucker while in Paducah called the Squared Square. I decided to use this to piece a simple on point square in a square in a square kinda pattern without having to do the math. Deb has a great video on YouTube if you are interested. I did use EQ7 to lay things out, play with the color order and plan for the overall size.
- As I planned this quilt I began to worry about the red and black up against the white. I am not a big pre-washer, but boy am I glad I did!!! I did the old remedy of vinegar and salt in the wash water- tossed in several color catchers to give me an idea of how much dye was floating around, and to my dismay- those color catchers came out bright red and black!!!…..after 4 washings!!! That’s when I ordered a Bottle of Retayne. I have never used this before. I treated both the red and black fabrics and the color catchers had much less dye in them.- I still think that I am going to give them a box of color catchers and washing instructions with the box with the quilt just to be on the safe side :). ( I also think I am going to treat my next new pair of black jeans – a lot of people on Amazon use it for this…I think thats brilliant!)
- I decided to embroider a simple flower that has a similar feel as the flower in the border/ backing fabric, instead of trying to fussy cut those flowers to fit the center square. This was a good adventure as I am piecing on a new machine and needed to try out the embroidery unit. But in my enthusiasm to try the new machine, what I didn’t think through- and what I would have done differently- would be to float a piece of batting under my outline embroidery. It would have eliminated the extra step of having to stitch around each design again before cutting the batting away to trapunto those flowers- dah!!! The things you think of after you have embroidered 20 blocks. It was when I was thinking about how I was going to quilt this quilt and began thinking trapunto ,that I realized a better way.
- I am trying a new batting for my trapunto. One of my bestest buddies took a class this spring from Harriet Hargrave and bought me this package of Quilters Dream Poly that Harriet recommends. I was amazed at how thin this bat felt. I expected something similar to wool batting- giving all that extra poof. I have not gotten to the final quilting stage- so I’ll take pictures and let you decide how you like it when it’s done……but somehow if it’s good enough for Harriet Hargrave’s trapunto …I have faith it will poof up more!
Lastly- for all of you that are new to free motion quilting. I know I am advocating skipping a stage with floating batting behind this outline embroidery instead of stitching around each design with your dissolvable thread. But, if that is not an option for you, I would encourage you to NOT use an open toe foot and carefully stitch around each design. This is good practice to drop those feed dogs and free motion your way around each design…and sooooo much faster once you get your mo-jo going!
Here is the quilt on the design wall my son John Alan made for me. (I love being able to step back and look at things- best birthday present ever!!:) )It really helps to be able to look at the quilt when planning your quilting…..let the doodling begin 🙂 !
I am getting ready to leave on vacation for over 2 weeks, so my plan is to have this quilt sandwiched and basted -waiting for me to quilt when I get home.
As we head into summer I hope you all find time to recharge your batteries, whether it’s finding more time to quilt and create or just hanging out with those you love,