Sunday, April 6, 2014
Red and Black and White Awards Banquet Quilt
The fabric from the center squares was also from the sewing room. It all went well until I needed fabric for the setting squares. The whole point of using fabric that was already in the sewing room was to keep from digging into the supplies, but I needed other fabric for the setting squares. Since black and white goes with almost anything, I wound up auditioning a lot of different fabric - more black and white fabric, green, red, and yellow.
I found the pretty red, which is one of my favorite fabrics. It turned this scrappy, use up what you have, into a beautiful quilt that was worth the effort. I also spent a lot of time auditioning the border fabric. I participated in a black and white fat quarter swap when I first discovered that quilting groups were on the internet. Most of my black and white fabrics are from this swap, and I think they have waited long enough. I discovered the internet quilting groups just in time to know that I had jut missed the millennium swaps. There had been many people who swapped fabrics for the end of the century. Before that, I was a lonely quilter, trying to figure out everything from magazines. Anyway, the border fabric has cows on it, and the word "moo, but it looks like 2000 to me when I first saw it, and it made me feel that I had a late chance to participate. One of the black and white fabrics has chickens on it, so a cow fabric isn't out of place.
I had originally cut the setting triangles incorrectly, and decided to play around with putting the bad triangles on the front of the quilt. I like it! I can add them as prairie points so I can still use the border.
After sewing the raw edges, the triangles would be smaller than they were pictured. I decided I wanted the triangles even smaller, so I folded them in half instead of cutting more and sewing them to each other. Here they are cut and ready to sew into the border. I'm wondering if I should add something (applique? embroidery? and if so, what?) to those center black squares or leave them as is.
I am also working on helping my daughter sew a blouse. I am not used to making clothes, but it is turning out quite nicely.