Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Doll Quilt Swap 10
I really needed to get on with the Doll Quilt Swap (quilts need to be posted by the end of March), so I spent most of Sunday and also last night getting the top pieced, above. It is 19" square and took me 9 hours to piece!! How can it have taken so long?! I really picked a labourious method to use!
Here is a quick run-down of the method I used to make this. I used to use this method a lot when I made my first Art Quilts years ago, and at the time I am pretty sure I made it up (this was before the internet when everyone worked much more in isolation), though I'm sure other people are using very similar methods now. Though, after what I just said about how time consuming it is, I am not sure I would recommend it!
Then piece your next 'outer ring', trim with quarter inch seams and piece using what I have always called a 'drunkards path' method, both to the inner quarter and then to a plain fabric background. Basically just very gently 'massage sew' these 2 curved pieces together. They look like they are going in opposite directions when they are laid on top of each other, but if you sew them carefully together, a little at a time, you will piece your curve. I am sure you will find a better explanation of this on the web somewhere!
I hope that is some help to you all, but if you try this, don't say I didn't warn you!
But even though I got lots of positive comments when I put this photo in the group pool, when I came back to it the following week I just wasn't sure it was going the way I wanted. My initial impulse is always to 'mix it up' but I felt like I should rein myself in a bit for this quilt (or rather, I think my partner would prefer that!), so I used one combintation of purple and green for each 'whirlygig'. I used the same maroon colour throughout though it looks slightly different from having a lighter or darker purple next to it. The photo at the top is the finished result.
I think I am pleased with it (well I'm certainly not starting again after all that work!). I plan to use embroidery and hand quilting and that will emphasis the design more. The original design (which you can see here) had 5 whirlygigs (with one in the middle), but this was just too much for my little brain, so instead I may quilt a subtle fifth in to the middle.
Next is the border, I am planning a spiky, sawtooth one which will include the brighter raspberry colour that is in the initial block but got left out of the new ones.
Right, back to opening boxes!