Friday, 16 September 2011

Washing Line

August was Corey's month in Ringo Pie so I am playing catch up.  Her theme was Quilts on a Line, and I struggled for a long time to come up with anything that really gripped me.  When I buy vintage and thrifted fabrics from the carboot, there is nothing I like more than the line of freshly washed fabrics and tea towels flapping in the breeze later the same morning, 
Vintage linens and tea towels
that  is what I wanted to capture.
Pinterest is useful for finding and storing ideas as I get my head around a project and you can see my board for Corey here.   I sketched my idea onto grid paper, traced on to freezer paper and set to work.
Soem of the work was done for me by the fabric- the crazy hexagon cheater print (which you can also see it in the top pic) was perfect.  I imagine this as a throw that might go on a sofa.  A quilt comes next, made of strips of Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks Voiles, perfect for mini items as the fabric is lightweight and doesn't bulk the seams up.  The tricky bit was where the hexagon quilt flaps over, don't even ask about that bit- it was a long night gettting that to work.  The next quilt is a vintage bed quilt, I thought I wuld show how I worked this one out.  I started with 1.5 inch squares framed with half square triangles cut from 2 inch squares.  I made up enough mini blocks to cover the length of the freezer paper template plus a half block.


I then arranged the squares to follow the lines of the template...
I had to allow for the quarter inch seam allowance at the top and I pinned  on o the ironing board as I worked my way down joining the seams at angles with pins.  Once these were sewn together, I placed the mini quilt  on the template and cut the edges with scissors to follow the lines of the finished shape.

I used wide strips of ditzy flowery fabrics for the mini quilt borders- they needed to be wide to be trimmed down to the wavy shape.  By laying the mini quilt on the fabric- both right side facing and rotary cutting following the wavy edge of the mini quilt, it creates an border that will fit on perfectly.  I then trim the whole shape so is the shape of the freezer paper plus seam allowance.
The washing line is some perle cotton attached by couching stitch.

This is the back, just long stitches of the fine thread which can't be seen on the right side.
The final fabric is meant to be a tablecloth with its kitchen themed print.  I added some clothes pegs and a bird for a little extra hand stitching detail, Corey is the queen of embroidered blocks after all.   Click on the pic to see more details.
I do wish I had shaped the Little Folks Quilt more at the bottom but too late now.  I am pleased at the flappiness of the line, they do feel like they are blowing in the breeze.  Next I need to think about Christmas for Amber's block...
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21 comments:

  1. Brilliant! You captured your idea beautifully.

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  2. I think it is fantastic. I have always loved clothes line images. I think that the overlap of the hexie quilt is amazing. I can only imagine how horrible that night was!

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  3. It's brilliant! The overlapping quilts are amazing - that would have had me up all night (and in tears!) - absolutely marvellous!

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  4. this is an awesome block!!! it's a masterpiece.
    xoxo

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  5. wow...
    Seriously WOW
    Your attention to detail is amazing! The overlapping quilts seriously?!! Flippin' brilliant!!

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  6. It really is amazing! So cute, and looks just like everything you wanted to capture :)

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  7. Wow! This is truly stunning K! You really have achieved that flapping in the wind look! Superb! Jxo

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  8. OMG!!! this is gorgeous!!!!!!!!! I love, love, love it!!!!
    great work!!!

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  9. That is awesome. What a cool idea. You executed it beautifully.

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  10. OH! MY! CUTE! This is so totally awesome! Kerry, you rock!

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  11. You amaze me. Every. Single. Time.

    Beautiful, well thought out, exquisite detail, perfect fabrics.

    (sigh)

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  12. I really enjoyed reading your process - it's really brilliant block. Maybe you should do more of these.....maybe a series??

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  13. So amazing. Thanks so much for the little tutorial. Really.super.cute!

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  14. Just when I think you can't get any better!! Wow xxx

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  15. Fabulous block- your insight into the techniques you use is really interesting! Wish I could be so creative!

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  16. Wow Kerry! This is just exquisite!

    x

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  17. So well done, Kerry. The movement in each piece hanging on the line is amazing!!

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  18. Astounding! Imaginative! Sigh in admiration!

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  19. This is another masterpiece of yours, Kerry! You always come up with designs that are so original, unique - something no one would think about piecing! I love this so much!
    I started making my block for Corey a few days ago too, but after seeing yours I really don't like mine very much.

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  20. You are amazingly gifted AND generous, Kerry! Thank you for sharing the process of this beautiful block with us. I am just lost for words describing how much I like it!
    ; )

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  21. thanks for sharing your techniques. using voile for the small piecing and couching the perle cotton are now stuck in my head. who knows when those will come in handy :)

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