I rarely sew quilts and for other people. I can count on one hand the total number of quilts I've made in my lifetime and how many people I've sewn for in the past few years. I love me some quilts and the idea of making them but I've not made time to sew them up. This one is for my mother-in-laws' Christmas present. (Maybe you're reading this and I am ruining the surprise!?!) I went to the local quilting shop called Bears Paw Fabrics out in the burbs of Baltimore. I am so overwhelmed with the options and colors and prints and solids and stuff that I chose to buy a couple of precuts.
I picked up this batik collection of 2 1/2 x 40" strips plus a jelly roll of solid whites. I also got a few yards of solid white and an extra yard of a matching batik for the binding. I used Cantik Batiks Gemstones, the colorway is called Canadian Rockies. SOOOO juicy! This fabric is stunning!! I was inspired by the Jelly Roll Race video here. I didn't end up using this technique for this project though and just sewed all the batiks together into a huge rectangle. This took on a couple hours on a day off work after getting all my wisdom teeth pulled the day prior. The back of this quilt actually took a bit longer to make.
It was after I did my quilt top that I did my math for the yardage needed for the back. Maybe it was the residual anesthesia but I was about a yard off in continuous white fabric. So I got fancy and did some improvising with my cutting an piecing and used some of the batiks. I think I love the design of the back more then the front. My actual quilting is all straight lines, one centered in each strip in front. The batting is Warm & Natural needled cotton batting... it helps give that slightly fluffed and wrinkled look I think. The final dimensions are approximately 52 x 80" (132 x 203 cm). It's meant to be a lap quilt or throw.
After it was all done the other day, there was a bit of a near tragedy. I wanted to pre-wash the quilt to give it that rumply bumpy look that I really like in a quilt. So I toss it in the washer and out it comes half covered in both sides with a brownish reddish pinkish dye run on both back and front!!!!! Two of the deep brown tones ran like crazy... and it was dark, dark, dark!. I didn't take pictures of that because I was in panic mode. Long story short, I ran it through the wash again (three times!) with a small amount of detergent and a fair amount of that Oxi powder stain remover stuff. It was maybe 65% gone. Then I soaked it overnight in warm water with more of that Oxi stuff and ran it through a wash again. 95% GONE! No one would ever know that there was a mega dye stain on the bright white of this quilt... unless they were mean buttholes and got out a magnifying glass and looked closely.
So there's my technicolor quilt. I kinda love it, imperfections and all. I feel like I can get away with not being technically skilled in this particular genre of sewing and still have really awesome results. When I sew garments, I don't want it to look "handmde"... but with a quilt, I love the "handmade" appeal. I do want to sew more of them. And to learn free motion quilting so I can do some fancy pants quilting. Do any of you guys who normally are garment sewing types quilt? I generally think that there is an invisible line drawn between quilters and garment makers, you're either one or the other. AmIwrong? I heart quilts and hope to do more really soon... among the 5894326736547 garments I want to sew as well still.
P.S. Do you guys use Instagram? I've been using it regularly finally in the past couple weeks now that I've upgraded my phone. Here I am on instagram, I'm kathhhhhy_sews.