The last time you heard from me I had just completed memorial quilts so two little boys could have a physical connection with their grandfather. Their grandmother Sue, who commissioned the project, provided about 40 of her late husband’s button-downs shirts for this labor of love. Masses of scraps remained in its wake
What to do? I could throw them out (unthinkable), file them in my fabric stash (tedious), or … of course, make a quilt!
This enterprise commenced mid-August, still summer, when the days are long and light and sewing hundreds of fabric bits together seems just as good as anything else to do. It began with block constructions, like this
Block by block, matching pieces by length, coupling by complimentary colors or color groups, I sewed bits together
One by one, the glittering jewels that center each block beckon for a supporting structure
and it’s done when
And so it continued, in a groove that I enjoyed immensely, until about 25 squares and rectangles were stacked on my table. Time to lay them out to see what they did together. I decided to use just squares
Since there were still lots of whites, it seemed a no brainer to use them for sashing around the blocks.
I thought a layer between the white sashing would pop the color even more, so in went a light mint green, which addition opened up six holes for more color to fill
With the center of the quilt essentially done, it’s time to conjure a border. The scrap pile still waited with plenty on offer
Modest Machine gamely gobbled along as I fed it countless pieces of fabric, joining until they reached eight inch lengths, which would then be sewn together for a basic strip border
This took some time, but the robust border that resulted seams worth the effort
When a quiltop is finished, it’s time for “backing.” As there were many whole shirts and sections that had yet to meet my rotary cutter, I rather extravagantly cut out 15″ square blocks.
I hadn’t used any new materials up to this point, and was determined to recycle for the batting (fill) as well. It should come as no surprise that I keep batting remnants, and after stitching four pieces of batting and pinning all three layers (top, batting and backing), I carefully folded it up for Modest Machine to sew
Then I can stand up and stretch my legs while ironing the whole thing out
Not quite to the finish line, I pick out yarn for the ties
And it’s done. Twin sized, nearly all recycled materials (can you guess the one element that is not recycled?) and for sale (email me with your best offer!). Thank you for reading Patwig’s Blog.