Designing Modern Quilts »
Type of item: Functional
cottons to make 2 tops, and then batting with a sheet for the backing.
What was your inspiration?
My brother-in-law came up with the design, and when I saw it I tried it wasn't what I expected at all -- there were no blocks! I tried many ideas for how to put it together. After many failed attempts to design a means to implement this, I decided to just make the 2 tops. Transfer the tile design to the top one, and then iron on paper backed fusible web strips (Wonder Under) and then cut away and turn under using the iron to baste them with fusible. I also used a quilting basting gun that has plastic ties -- it was invaluable to keep the upper tiled layer in place during all the handling. I left them in place until the last minute when I cut them off as I rolled to that section on a long arm to quilt them.
What are you most proud of?
I am very proud of the fact that I hung in there and got creative in order to finish this project. Also my husband helped immensely. First, when I made a mistake and ironed the fusible in the wrong place, he searched online and told me to put aluminum foil over the web and iron again -- it worked miraculously well to pull up all of the misplaced fusible webbing. And he made me an ironing "board" -- a board covered in towels and twill, that I could put under the top to ironing on all of those strips. And my iron is on a rolling cart that I could drag from one side of this 84" x 112" quilt as I went along.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Try the technique on a baby quilt first!