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As promised, today I'm sharing the video I made once the quilt was made. In this video, I show you some of the detail of the quilt and explain how we made the decisions for the design of the quilt. Once again, this developed during the process of making the quilt to make sure we got exactly what was wanted.
When Laura saw the photos of the quilt, this is what she said "I don't know what to say, it's absolutely amazing. It's exactly what I hoped it would look like. I love it Jane! Thank you so much, my Nan will absolutely treasure this. I'm really choked up how beautiful it is."
I can't really ask for much more than that and I can't wait to make the next one.
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I have to say, I do love my job, especially when I get asked to make something as special as this photo quilt. It's wonderful when I get to know a bit about the people for whom it's made and I felt really privileged to get an email telling me a bit about the wonderful lady. Even though I will never meet her, it's lovely to have got to know her a little better and I do hope she will love the quilt when she receives it.
As the quilt was to be a surprise, I've not been able to share much during the making of it. I thought this video was perfect for showing you how the quilt came together from start to finish.
Come back tomorrow and I'll share the video I made once the quilt was made. I get to show you some of the detail of the quilt and explain how we made the decisions for the design of the quilt. It really did develop as we progressed.
Forever Memory Quilts
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You may remember the last photo quilt I did was for a wedding, a great way to celebrate a special day. This time, the quilt is for a lady who is going to be 80. It's celebrating her life and I've been very fortunate to have been told a little bit about her. I'll go into more detail when I come to the end of the quilt.
As with all my quilts, this one is developing as we go along. First we chose the fabric and this time, we wanted rich colours. These are the two fabrics we've chosen. The pink will go on the back and the gradient fabric is on the front.
These are quite strong fabrics but are linked with the gold colour. Once the fabric arrived I had to think about the best way to use the gradient fabric. We decided a completely different process to the previous quilt. This time, the photos are going to be appliqued to the fabric. This means we don't lose the effect of the fabric and we can use all the photos that were sent through.
Before going ahead with the main quilt, I did a test piece to check on stitch choice. This allows us to see how the photos will look and gives us the chance to change stitches if needed. Once those decisions are finalised, I went ahead and prepared the photos for the main quilt.
Each photo has been printed onto fabric and then backed with wadding. They've then been arranged onto the fabric and pinned in place.
I'm now waiting for a delivery of wadding to be able to go to the next stage. I'll be chasing it up tomorrow as I really want to be getting on with the stitching, I've got some fabulous thread to use. I'll be sharing an update as soon as I can.
Forever Memory Quilts
For me, one of the best things about doing bespoke items is that you never quite know what you're going to be asked to make. It can be something that isn't out there, so you need to get the brain in gear and come up with creative ideas of how to meet a specific need. I always know I'm going to be in with a treat when they say, "I know you like a challenge..."
Fortunately, this was a challenge I had time to think about and formulate the way it was going to be made. I knew what I wanted as the end result, I wasn't sure if it was physically possible to sew it the way I wanted. So, what was the challenge? It was a cover for a black leather office chair. We had to take into consideration that the back is shaped, there are arms, the width of the back and seat of the chair were different, and, of course, the chair mechanisms underneath.
With it being handmade, the fabrics could be hand picked. Diane wanted a soft plush for one side, and then we got a coordinating cotton fabric to go with it. I have to tell you, it was a joy to handle even throughout the making up. It's definitely worthwhile spending just a little extra for good quality fabrics.
After some pondering and sketches, the design was finalised. We went for a cover that would go over the top of the chair, down the back and seat and fit over the end of the chair. There were going to be elasticed straps at the side to hold it in place and ties to go round the back for extra stability. I don't have a chair here to demonstrate so the photos had to be done on the settee.
This gives you an idea of what it will look like on the chair, but, there is a hidden bonus. This chair cover is reversible, so, the plush side can be top side instead!
That plush fabric is silky smooth, it will be so warm and comfortable to sit on. I've done a video, so that might give a better idea of how it looks and feels. The quilting was added to keep the shape of the cover and give it a cushion effect. I've used cotton wadding between the layers too, so there is extra padding.
The ties and elasticated straps on the side are what will keep it in place. I'm really pleased with how the straps have turned out. I just wasn't sure if I would be able to stitch them in the way I wanted, but it worked out well. The ties have made from the cotton fabric so everything is coordinated. I've added binding to the top and bottom edges to give them a good finish.
I can't wait for it to arrive in it's new home. It's been a challenge and I'm hoping it will be the perfect fit and Diane can sit comfortably and keep warm for the rest of the winter.
In the not too distant future, I'm going to have to move websites which will mean transferring the important parts of the blog over to a new website. I couldn't believe it when we looked back that it's been four years since I started the blog here. In fact, it's been over eight years in total, time just flies when you're having fun.
Looking back over the blog, it's amazing how many memories it brings back, so I thought I'd share a few highlights along the way with Throwback Thursday.
It's A Start-28/11/2012
My boys love their jeans. The only way they stop wearing them is when they can no longer be repaired, and cannot be worn without being immodest. When they get to that stage, I prise them from their hands and chop them up.
I've been cutting the 61/2" squares from the jeans, with the idea of making a throw. In my mind, it had a masculine feel, and to keep in with the idea of their ragged jeans, I wanted the seams to be on the right side, and to fray with each wash.
It's been some time since I first started collecting the squares, so it was time to see how far they went.
As you can see, I've got four rows, and they're long enough to go floor to floor over my double bed. As it will eventually go over a settee, it needs to be big,
Pockets and seams have been included, and adds to the fun aspect of this throw. Unfortunately, I've almost come to the end of my stack of squares. I'll have to wait patiently for some more jeans to be made redundant.
This is quite likely to feature again over the coming months, but this throw is very well used, you can see a picture of it here.
Quilts from Recycled Fabric
For a while now, I've been watching an art challenge on Facebook. Every month Robyn of M.R. Art posts a series of photographs, and different artist then share their interpretation. I finally took the plunge this month and had a go and now I'm wondering why it's taken so long.
One of the photos was of a Desert Rose and I was a bit torn as to how to interpret the photo. I toyed with the idea of embroidery but ended up doing appliqué and quilting with a bit of machine embroidery. The mini quilt has hanging tabs on the back so it can go on the wall.
I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and can't wait to see what next month's choices will be.
Fibre Arts and Photographs
In my attempt to clear my work space, I pulled out a little quilt that just needed finishing. I had enough batting here and the backing fabric had been put away with the quilt top. All it needed was sandwiching, quilting and binding. I've even put a label on it.
Those of you that have followed my blog may remember when I actually put the top together. I haven't gone that far back to find out yet. Terry very kindly sent me the ruler as a surprise so I could give it a go. At the time, they weren't readily available in the UK.
I had a great time quilting it. I started by stitching in the ditch around the individual 'windmills' in the centre with some echo quilting around them. I quilting diagonal crosses in the border square and some straight line quilting in the outer border.
The quilt has come out at quite a useful size. It's big enough to be used for a small pram or cradle for baby or it could be used as a table topper. I just love the versatility of these mini quilts.
I'm not sure what project will be pulled out next, but it is so good to get them done.
Oh, I know it's been quiet around here, but I've been putting the finishing touches to the quilt. I just love hand stitching the binding. The label has been made and attached. The quilt has been washed and now has it's proper lived in look. Even better, it's ready in plenty of time for the big event.
I've also been busy with the socks, and the next pair are ready to go to their new home. This time we have cats. They've gone in the same packet as the goldfish, so I do hope there will be no trouble on the way,
I've loved doing both of these socks, I can't wait for the next challenge. In the meantime, it's back to Daniel's odd socks.
Custom Made Socks
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.