So, this week I’ve been working hard to bring my backers some very pretty things. I’ve got three quilts 90% finished (you saw one in Monday’s post) and now am just putting the finishing touches on what’s available. I should be putting things in the mail sometime in the middle of next week. Hooray! ^_^
Let’s take a look at quilt #2! Heavily paper pieced; I’ve never paper pieced anything before this quilt, and naturally my inclination was to go headlong into the most complex pattern in the book I picked up (weeks ago) to teach myself how to do it. ^.^; Let’s just say I’m a super fast learner…
So, step one is needle-punching through the pattern on several layers of paper (one piece of paper for each block). This is done without thread and helps make tearing the paper out later much easier.
The next step is to sew the fabric to the “wrong side” of the paper pattern. This process is incredibly tedious and involves a lot of pressing seams open. Figuring it out on something as complex as a curved, spiky block was a pain in the ass, but the results are very nice:
The one thing that really bugs me, though, is that paper piecing creates a tremendous amount of waste. It allows for some really beautiful things that you wouldn’t be able to do without the paper to hold the pattern together, but still, I hate wasting material, and this is only a fraction of the amount that was thrown away in the end:
A finished part of the block:
The back of a finished curve
Sewing curves, by the way, is rough. Here’s some pinning and craziness going on:
And this is a finished block:
Here’s a shot of the quilt top before it’s fully assembled:
And here it is once it’s been assembled:
For the first time? Yes. Yes, I am this awesome. ^_^; Next up was pinning through all three layers to get it ready for quilting. I discovered the straight-up safety pins are not a good thing to pin with unless you remove them as you go (and before you stitch over them). I’m assuming that quilter’s safety pins have removable heads…
And here is the top once it’s been quilted:
It’s curvy! And an interesting experiment in driving free-handed curves. I would have loved to make them a little tighter; hopefully next time around they will be. However, I’m very happy with how this came out, especially considering I’m still sort of just quilting willy-nilly without drawing a pattern on top first.
Here’s the back:
All told, another successful project. ^_^ I’ve been sewing for like, 8 hours a day every day… this is a crazy amount of work for me (in a good way) and I’m so proud of myself for following through with it. I’m hoping that everyone is enjoying the ride so far!
And, just a quick peak at the quilt I’m finishing up today (because it wasn’t enough to teach myself to paper piece… I had to go and make a pattern from scratch that I would later paper piece):
Doin’ my work pool-side. Yeaaaaaaah.
One of my backers specifically requested something like this, and it was a fun challenge. I’ll be posting more about that next week, since we’re going camping this weekend, and we’re leaving in an hour, and I still haven’t packed yet. Sooo… I need to get on that.
And… I leave you with the inevitable coffee stain, because I’ve recently become re-addicted to caffeine. ^.^; Ah, well. One day I’ll kick the crap out of that habit.Until next week, Stitchers! As always, comments are appreciated! In fact, I’ll leave you with a question:
What would you be willing to pay for a hanging quilt like the one featured in this post (again, trying to determine price points…)?
Thanks! ^_^ Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!