It's been quite a while since my last finished quilt - almost two years to be exact. That doesn't mean I haven't done any quilting. I have, but nothing finished in that time. However, that's about to change. Today I thought I'd show you progress on a collaborative project I'm working on with my daughter, Tash.
Two years ago we attended a wonderful Screen Printing Workshop with Saffron Craig. Both Tash and I had dabbled with silk screen printing many years before, me as a school teacher and Tash as a kid. Ha, ha... Tash remembered more than I did.
There's nothing like experiencing a craft first hand from a professional, though. We learnt so much and had LOTS of fun in the process.
Tash came prepared. She knew exactly what she wanted to do. Before the day, she turned photos into line drawings...
... and she used those line drawings to make her stencils during the workshop -
four different silhouettes of the kids, printed onto bright fabrics. We purchased a silk screen, squeegee and inks and so Tash was able to continue printing at home - far more silhouettes than in the photo above.
And this is what Tash presented me with to make her a quilt - 64 screen printed silhouettes, together with contrasting fabrics. Just design it how you want, Mum. You can't go wrong. Hmmm - not so sure about that.
And so the fabric sat in a basket for quite some time, with me deliberating about just how I would pull it all together.
Eventually I decided on 9" wide blocks of varying heights. I just made it up as I went along. The odd photo was posted to Facebook to gauge Tash's reaction. Seemed like I was on the right track. I don't think any two blocks ended up the same.
It's taken ages, with lots of procrastinating, but finally the last block has been sewn.
Arranging the blocks has been fun! So many factors to consider - background fabric colour, border colours and patterns, silhouette placement and the actual silhouette itself.
Getting the right distribution hasn't been easy. I posted a pic to Instagram, to see if I was on the right track, thinking Tash might like to play with the placement of the blocks. In the meantime, Mr TMW and I arranged and rearranged till we had a combination we both liked.
Once I'm on a roll, with the end in sight, I become impatient and don't like to stop, and so I began sewing the rows together, adding to various blocks to get each row approximately the same length.
Three rows done and I notice Tash's comment that she'd like to play with the arrangement, too. Ooops! That leaves three rows for Tash to rearrange. It's not too time consuming to unpick a few rows if she REALLY wants a change in one of the already sewn rows.
I'll be seeing her tomorrow, so stay tuned.
I have to admit I had little enthusiasm when I began this quilt, but now I am very excited - not about the prospect of finishing, although there is that too, but about just how good I think this quilt is going to look.
I have a couple of ideas for border and binding colours - either black borders + black binding, or black borders + multi coloured binding, using the colours from the quilt. I'm sure Tash will have ideas, too.
What would you do for borders and binding?