3 bedspreads, 4 memory quilts

 

It all started with a request ….. would it be possible to transform 3 ancient, tattered and faded – but precious – bedspreads into 4 cot-size memory quilts?

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“hmmmmmm,” I thought, “there’s a lot of unusable fabric in there, and what there is looks very thin and dreadfully fragile. But there is a lot of it, and I figured that fusible interfacing would reinforce the fabric so that it would be both usable, and enduring – up to a point. The resulting quilts won’t stand up to heavy use, but as little decorative things, I think they’ll be OK.”

So we started ….. I don’t generally show much of the design process – but this was a little different – we wanted to merge the quilts, and showcase the salvageable details as far as possible.

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I could probably have done it in photoshop, but I enjoy the process of working with paper …. some printing, some cutting, some doodling ….. and we were away …

Ash Quilts in progress (4)

A lot of interfacing later, a lot of cutting happened …..  and then the piecing could start.

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et voila …. 4 little quilt tops – all slightly different, and virtually the whole of the usable fabric from those bedspreads included.

For the quilting, we decided to pick up on the paisley theme in the fabrics ….

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it’s quite time-consuming to quilt as this density across a whole quilt, but it worked so well on these I think it was worth it.

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4 quilts, for 2 sets of cousins to treasure ….

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Little Hexies Scrap Quilt

aka the paper-piecing nightmare neverending quilt …..

It all started a while ago, when I fell in love with a pack of vintage fabric hexagons over at Pomme de Jour   (one of my favourite vintage places on the internet). I thought they’d be just lovely against old denim in a scrap quilt ….. and I was right.

Hexagon Scrap Quilt

What I hadn’t factored in was just how long this was going to take to produce a quilt of any reasonable size! I had rather grandiose dreams of piecing a twin bed quilt in this …. but …. being so busy with orders for other people can sometimes be a double-edged sword – it is WONDERFUL in all ways, but it does leave me very little time to work on quilts (and other projects) for myself. (However, having spent the wilderness years wondering if the whole thing was an enormous waste of my time, you’ll never catch me complaining!!)

Hexagon Scrap Quilt

Anyhoo – back to the quilt. If I’d stopped to realistically think how long it was going to take me, I probably would never have started. For this reason, I’m refusing to consider my tendency to dive into projects head-first a character flaw ….. even if it did take months for me to grow the quilt to this ….

Hexagon Scrap Quilt

So that by the time I got to roughly a metre square, I decided that enough was enough already, and it’d be a lap quilt, OK?

Hexagon Scrap Quilt(in this house, cats and quilts are generally to be found in the same place)

And then, because by this point I’d obviously entered the twilight zone of quilting insanity, I decided it wanted hand-quilting. With embroidery perle.

Hexagon Scrap Quilt

well duh. Of course, there’s that horrible moment when you realise that it may well take the rest of your life to finish this project ….. so it was in and out of the ufo pile for AGES. At least a year. I’d do a bit, lose the will to carry on, toss it aside. Come back again a couple of months later, repeat the whole process.

Hexagon Scrap Quilt

Until, slowly but surely, I noticed I was nearly finished. Oh, how that spurs the motivation!! A flurry of frenzied evenings ensued – I went on a total mission to finish it up. I can’t tell you about the callouses (callii?? how do you spell that?) on my thumb and first two fingers …… but it is done. And it is such a happy little quilt ….. I’m so pleased I did it, and didn’t let common sense put me off.

Hexagon Scrap Quilt