Saturday, February 12, 2011

Growing a quilt

I'm cultivating a quilt to see if it grows. It started, you see, as a small wall quilt from a Schnibbles pattern. I was in the mood for some zip-zing no-small-pieces-for-me! sewing so the 6" blocks were enlarged to 8", which perfectly suited my patience level. The rest of the quilt size was jiggered a bit and I ended up with a 48" square completed wall quilt. But, you see, I kept looking at it on the design board and tilting my head at a 45 degree angle saying "Man, that would be a great center medallion on point." And thus it starts.
The problem is, if EQ can do medallion designs I'll be danged if I can figure out how. I really, really need to do the tutorial or take a class, but until I give up and admit defeat - and I haven't yet - I probably won't go there. So I broke out the graph paper and sketched and calculated and tore up sheets and started over. And finally came up with a plan.

Then I had to scurry back to the quilt shop to get more of the fabrics (A Morris Tapestry by Barbara Brackman) before they sold out. The initial quilt was made with eight fat quarters and some white-on-white from the stash. Luckily they also had more of the white-on-white too.

So a plan is in place and cutting can commence, but not soon since I have to clean house. Desperately. The corners are looking decidedly furry. Dust bunnies are starting to accumulate. Blech.

Addendum: The quilts for my nephew's family arrived safely in Germany! I have been in a complete panic since I handed them over with trembling hands at the post office on January 25th. But - hallelujah! - they made the trip and are now gracing their beds. I had a little mental issue with the declared value. I know from experience that without an appraisal it's difficult to claim the actual value of a hand made quilt. I ended up using the cost of materials plus the longarm quilter's fee as the value of each quilt, which was lower than their actual worth, but it still ended up a sizable sum for five of them. My nephew told me that the customs office wanted to assess them 17 percent of the declared value as the import duty (which would have been around $120) but his wife was able to chivvy them down to $40. How, I don't know, but way to go Friederike!

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