Tuesday, September 20, 2016
14 BANDANNAS & A BROWN CORDUROY SKIRT WITH GIANT FOLK ART SUN FOR ERIKA'S MEMORY QUILT-DONE
Erika's quilts were finished a couple of weeks ago and Angela came to get them very shortly after I called her to say they were done. Parts 1 & 2 of "14 Bandannas" give a glimpse of the planning and thought process that went into the queen size and lap quilts.
This is the lap size quilt that is 60" x 60". The bandannas determined the sizes of the quilts in order to get the best use of them and keep the bandanna look. The centers of the quilts are very similar except the folk art sun from the skirt is flipped. 1/2 of the sun is in each quilt. There were 2 green toned bandannas that were used for the palm trees and a bird print bandanna was cut up and "flocks" of birds were scattered on the "sky". Appliques were cut from a light blue bandanna and floated around the sky. A lightweight fusible was pressed onto the appliques so raw edge applique could be done. There was a lot of fussy cutting for the ocean and sky appliques.
I designed all the appliques for the beach chair, the umbrella and palm trees. The tree trunks were cut from Erika's brown corduroy skirt.
There was a shell print fabric in my stash that made a perfect border for the center before the bandanna border went on.
Angela, who had commissioned the quilts, decided she wanted a batik fabric to finish out her queen size quilt [90"x90"]-it took 7 yards for the inner and outer border plus pillow shams.
The bandanna border on each quilt is the same. Each border has 1/2 of each bandanna that was then cut in 1/2 for the blocks. The centers are very similar-the lap quilt has a beach chair and umbrella, the queen quilt has 3 butterflies.
There are quilted dragonflies and butterflies in alternating bandanna blocks, free motion quilting in the center block, ocean waves on the inner batik border and crescent moons with stars on the outer batik border. The quilts are finished with a purple binding with gold print.
Here is the label that I had printed and is on both quilts:
Here are some closeups:
The quilts were quilted on the long arm quilter. Here are a few minutes showing the custom quilting patterns that were used.
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