This story starts with two little boys living in the Midwest. In addition to being pretty lucky in the parent department (example of a house rule: being read to is a right, not a privilege), they have an exceptionally dedicated grandmother, Sue. Sue is very involved with her grandsons, but is understandably rueful her husband died before he could know them. She wanted them to have something that would evoke him. This is where Patwig comes in.
She wanted a twin sized quilt for each boy made from her husband’s old button-downs. Some were standard white formal fare, many sported various hues of blue, with and without stripes, and a few were appealing paisleys and plaids. After seeing sample Patwig Quilts, she chose the Nine-Patch block pattern and the Log Cabin pattern, which I hadn’t made before. That settled, she essentially gave me carte blanche to create, and I continued to be amazed at the trust people place in strangers.
Where to begin wasn’t hard to decide.
I started with easy colors, as in the solid pairings above, and proceeded to more complex couplings, like the patterned lights and darks below
As blocks were completed I put them down on the floor to see light and dark create patterns.
I’d been working one block at a time until this point, and feeling assured that I was on the right track, shifted to mass production. This meant cutting 17 squares, 119 light blocks, 102 dark blocks and backing all with fusible interfacing.
Once all components were prepped, I sewed them together and put them down on the floor
until I arrived at this…
With the Log Cabin blocks done, I was ready to turn to the second quiltop. Fortuitously, many cutting remnants offered a head start
Making the Nine-Patch was very enjoyable; each is an individual composition. This is the part I truly enjoy.
Once they began to multiply, I line them up en masse to see what they would do
Moving to the floor, I added space between them
Then each Nine-Patch got a border, all from button-down shirts
Steady production continued — sewing, pressing, sewing some more, until 63 Nine-Patch blocks each had a pressed border.
I was enjoying this small form stuff so much I’d forgotten the bigger picture — how they will form a quiltop:
How about alternating light and dark rows?
This is the midpoint. The primary design –the quiltop– is done. The rest is, shall we say, finish work (albeit with a decorative border). This is mostly assembly, but what it lacks in creativity it pays back in satisfaction as the finished piece slowly comes together.
Individual blocks make a row, rows make a quiltop
A border brings each quilt up to twin size. I made a strip border drawing mostly from the white and striped button-downs.
After almost 300 two-by-seven inch strips were pressed, fused, sewn together and ironed, the quiltops are “framed”
Next up: batting (or fill) and backing. Sue has provided two full-sized sheets for the backing. Who can guess why this one has patchwork in the corners?
Once the layers are sewn together and pressed (That sounds so breezy, doesn’t it? At about 65 by 82 inches, it took about an hour to seam each twice), I hand tie them together with yarn (another afternoon) with a nice light blue yarn I picked up for a song in Chinatown
This work takes place on the floor, where helpers stroll
Finished, side by side
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Next post will be a Patwig Scrap Project.