Last week Josalyn came over so we could give this quilt to Ray & Kailin, our in-laws. Josalyn & I started this thing 18 months ago. It might have come together sooner if our schedules weren’t so hard to coordinate, but even so its probably a good thing that it took us so long because making this thing was a bear. We had to strip so much fabric, and then cut out the templates one direction, and then cut out the templates in the mirror image direction, so much ironing & pressing!, doing all the Y seams (which is why this blog is called Y Seams), figuring out which background fabric to outline each circle with, the outlining & movement scheme planning….ai ai ai! I’m glad its over & I’m glad it turned out so amazing because the chances of us making a quilt like this again are pretty slim!
I’d be up for doing a kaleidoscope quilt again, but not one that is so intense. I’m glad Ray & Kailin appreciated the gift! I know its hard to tell, but we actually outlined each turning kaleidoscope with postcard fabric showing russian dolls, Arizona cactus, the San Francisco golden gate bridge, Irish shamrocks, Hawaiian hulu girl, Canadian mountie, etc etc etc. Ray & Kailin met in Russia and they are on their way to live in Taiwan for 6 months teaching English. After that they’re heading to Germany. We initially picked the postcard fabric because of the Russian dolls, but I think its turning out quite appropriate given that they are planning on traveling the world & living in several countries before really settling down. 🙂
Monthly Archives: June 2012
The Camp 3 assignment this month was to make some sort of art or picture, and then frame it in the strips the month’s counselor sent us all. I made the tree first, and then just sewed all my scraps together to form the second block. I think the second block ended up looking like a wonky chicken! Kind of fun. What I took away from this month, is that a quilt can be fun & quirky if all I do is sew my scraps together & frame them. Thats an idea that wouldn’t necessarily have occurred to me without doing this project. I think it might make a fun scrapbuster to do someday!
For June, Pat asked us to make her a block with ‘flowers’ as the theme. I decided to do a little paper-pieced tulip head, and I added the leaf for fun. I thought having the pot be black & white would help the pink tulip head pop out a little more. Not too many people have posted their block for her yet, so I hope this goes along with the other things people are making & doesn’t clash too much!
So I joined another flickr swap called Design Camp. I’m in camp 3. The way this group works is that the person whose month it is sends out fabric to the other group members with directions for making quilt blocks. Then the members send it back. The photos in the flickr group are really neat. Check it out! This month we got Laura Jansdotter fabric, instructions to try to keep a ‘horizontal piecing’ look to it, and to please add 1 piece of fabric from our own stash. I ended up making 3 blocks from all the fabric I received. They came together pretty quickly, I was surprised…all 3 were made in less than 2 hours I think. I had a lot of fun with these & hopefully this experience will help me keep a more open mind as I make more quilts in the future.