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Saturday, 3 July 2010

Memory quilts - in progress.



I have been working on some quilts with a firiend in memory of her mother.

The central panel above is made from doillies, a silk bag (vase); a small wool enbroidery sample (pink rose centre); flowers and leaves cut from a  lace collar (shown left) and a lace hem; figarines from a piece of furnishing linen; ribbon and the background fabrics are recycled from clothing.

Things that I found important technically:
1. To carefully catch in any "loose loops" on the flowers and leaves as they are crochet and would unravel where cut.
2. To back the furnishing linen with a very light iron on interfacing to prevent fraying.

The overall look I am trying to achieve is that of a table top near a wall between two windows with satin curtains - with a bit of a William Morris flavour. This panel will become the central panel of a quilt in the traditional British Medallion style.



The other quilt we are working on is for a grandson who likes dramatic effects including black. We choase a pattern suitable for a younger person making the blocks using all types of fabrics many of which were backed with light weight iron on for stability.

2 comments:

  1. good for you helping with the memory quilt! I have found using the correct needle for the fabric is 1/2 the battle. I love one of a kind pieces that grow as the maker choses. Enjoy the process.
    great quilt for the grandson. cw

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  2. When I first saw the picture of the memory quilt, I was a bit taken away by its beauty. It is truly a masterpiece.

    And, the quilt for your grandson is certainly smashing! Love the contrasts.

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