Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Labour of love

A long time ago (about 6 years) I pieced a quilt top using a pattern in American Patchwork and Quilting. It's unusual for me to slavishly follow a design, but I loved this quilt so much that I used exactly the same colour scheme as the magazine and ended up with this gorgeous and very traditional quilt top.

It was about this time that I decided that it would make the perfect wedding quilt for Mr Q and I. It was pieced, pressed and ready to quilt when Mr Q told me that he didn't like it very much. As you can imagine, I was pretty upset by this news, because you can't really have a wedding quilt that one half of the marriage doesn't like very much. And so the quilt top was put away, languishing in a box waiting for Mr Q to have a change of heart.

I'm not sure that the change of heart has happened just yet, but earlier this year, Mr Q suggested that I start finishing some of my unfinished projects. He thought it would be a good idea if I quilted some of the tops that have been cluttering up my sewing room for some time. And so I dug out the quilt and started thinking about how I could quilt it. I spent lots of time in meetings at work doodling possible quilting designs. In my mind, such a traditional quilt needed a traditional quilting design like feathers, and all my design ideas were pretty feather heavy. I kept putting off the quilting, nervous that I couldn't do my vision justice, worried that I wouldn't be able to pull off feathers in each of the 2-inch half square triangles. And then, last week, I just bit the bullet and went for it.

first feather

first block

I am so pleased with how this is turning out so far. It is nerve wracking and time consuming, but I am confident that this labour of love will be worth it.


Kathy Niklewicz said...

FABULOUS feather stitching, which really enhances and 'softens' the pattern of this striking "Labor of Love"!! It is a bold but beautiful quilt design in these colors! You have a lot of feather-stitching ahead, but it's a perfect template!

I wondered what inspired the red and white colors for a wedding quilt - then I seemed to recall that you had a 'red (burgundy?) and white' wedding, and confirmed it by finding the post with your lovely photos! I remembered that post because my own wedding was red and white - and was also at the beginning of January (the 4th) - except almost 49 years ago, which is freaking me out because to me it was yesterday! (We don't have children to remind us how old we are, but a mirror does that welll enough!)

I love the 'shrugs' your bridesmaids wore, with the fur trim! (The little gals are SO adorable!) My Maid of Honor and bridesmaid had white fur head pieces (miniature pillbox style circlets) with a red silk rose in front, and they carried white fur muffs with real red carnations attached. So you and I were on the same page, except you actually MADE all the gowns! Wow! I 'made' my veil, which consisted of adding a large circle (down to the waist) of 'fine' tulle netting to a white sequinned pillbox which had scallops on top. Jackie Kennedy had made the pillbox hat a fashion icon in the early '60s! Memories, memories!

Orsi said...

It looks wonderful!
And it's very feminin too.

May I ask a question?
I have never done any quilt or patchwork, but I have a mountain of leftover fabrics, quite small pieces, and I have decided to make some outfit from them.
But I am not sure if it will work without this sticky lining thing ( I don't know the right word ).
Oh yes, fabrics are high quality english wool, so not very thin ones.
Do you have a good idea for a beginner?

Stitched Together said...

I love the feather quilting. It really makes a difference to the appearance doesn't it? Though I have to ask, why didn't Mr Q say anything about his disinterest before you'd chopped into the fabric and sewed it all up?

Quiltification said...

Wow, Kathy - 49 years, that's a truly successful marriage. I hope Mr Q and I will be together after the same amount of time.

Stitched Together. I've always loved red and white - it's how my bedroom was decorated when I was a teenager, so I probably just assumed that everyone liked it the same amount as me and started cutting! I'm hoping it'll grow on him. Either that or I'll make him another quilt for his side of the bed!

Orsi, if you want to sew together thicker fabrics, you will probably need to use a wider seam allowance than the standard 7mm used with cotton patchwork fabrics. Or, as you suggest, you could use a fine fusible interfacing (the sticky lining thing). Also, with thicker fabrics, it is easier to sew larger pieces together. What do you plan to make with the finished patchwork cloth?

Orsi said...

Thank you for your answer. My son would like to wear a patchwork waistcoat. So it is exciting:))))

Jenny Wren said...

I love the feathers! I'm trying to work on my daughters quilt back so that I can start quilting feathers too!