One of the things I love most about making keepsake quilts is the huge variety ….. I never quite know what I’m going to get next, and each quilt is its own challenge.
Here’s my most recent ….. a kingsize rugby shirt keepsake quilt ….. There are a lot of memories from a long career here, and this is such a lovely way to keep all the memories together – and free up some space in their cupboards!
It’s so lovely working with all the little notes attached the individual shirts – it gives me a really clear idea of what’s important, and helps to drive the planning for the size and layout of the quilt. The best thing, really, was that they were all quite large, so although it was a HUGE quilt (6ft x 6ft) working the blocks on a large scale (8×8″ basis) meant that it wasn’t going to be too painful to construct it.
The biggest challenge (over and above the size and weight of it) was the fabric itself ….. in my head it became known as the ‘please-don’t-melt’ quilt as I ironed on interfacing and pressed seams open …. but fortunately, no mishaps. (phew).
And it starts to come together …. it’s always a little tricky with quilts like this, to find a layout that incorporates all the important elements from the shirts, but is still visually & aesthetically pleasing …… I think it’s worth every second of crawling around on the floor arranging and re-arranging squares of fabric to get it right ….. I really want my quilts to be enjoyed and appreciated for a long time.
…… and everyone loves a nice crisp corner ……
some time later, and the quilt top is finished ….. and it’s on to the quilting …..
A simple, classic, geometric grid for this one – enough to hold it all together (both visually and technically) but not so much that it distracts from the important memories in the pieces ….
More crawling around on the floor, with long ruler and quilt square to put the lines in before wrangling it through the machine ….. such a good workout for the arms and shoulders!!
And into the home straight now ….. just the binding to add.
a plain and simple navy blue ……
and after several miles of slip-stitching the binding closed (OK, 24-odd feet) …. the quilt is done ….
All done, and off home it goes ….. hopefully to be enjoyed for a long time to come.