Some sort of vertical organisation, so I can Quilt As I go, sewing the strips together with my sewing machine. Strips will be (hand)quilted before that.
For combining strips the top layer and batting will be sewn together:
pics by Instructables
Backing will be folded over/under and stitched through all layers, with the sewing machine. Gold yellow thread —> all strips will have one side with the nice golden yellow fabric. This is where the sewing seam will be.
(Another method is putting the strips flush and putting a neat band on top and at the bottom: CraftyKimberly explains here.)
Vertical organisation: in a few thin strips with a broader strip of blocks in between. Outer measurements of these strips will be fixed and neat, as to end up with a rectangular quilt.
quilt by Kirsten Chursinoff
pic by John C Campbell Folkschool
quilt by Ann Schroeder.
I don’t know (yet) how to vary the width of strips and still end up with a rectangle quilt:
quilt by Janet Windsor
But with clever combining colours on both sides of the strips it is not necessary to make wavy lines:
quilt by Jean Wells
quilt by Beth Van Wyngaarden
These quilts consists of overal organisation of straight vertical strips. This is what I’m aiming for in Spring Quilt. Only with visual bend accents, like leaf edges.
Inside organisation of the strips can be free (style). Handquilting in big stitches, in wool, handspun, silk, thick thread. In shapes bigger than the smaller components a strip is made up off. So not making small blocks and QAYG but making big strips first and then quilting those.
Thin long yellow fabric as a constant… The white fabric provides a base. Printed fabric as little patches for the eye to rest on. Small pattern and solids for shape and lines.
Size 1.50 x 1.50 m. Or 1.20 x 1.20 m. Lap blanket.
Lillepoes joined me in a little research:
Ah, it doesn’t need to be quite so big. 90 x 110 cm is fine.
Handquilting. This will be a pleasurable phase. So blocks I work on must be manageable: 30 x 30 cm. 45 x 45 cm. Or 30 cm x 75 cm.
Lauren Hunt, My Aunt June
I’m just using the thread to quilt the layers together, I don’t aim to create a certain fabric like the two examples above. I like a little poofiness. And a variety of threads.
Big Stitch Quilt. Improv.
After playing with my Advent Quilt a bit I now know I am not constricted to a certain size because of what I can push comfortably under the sewing machine. I can roll up to 80 cm of quilt and still sew a strip to it. So I don’t need the vertical organization in “trees” that I started this blog post with because of QAYG.
So size of a block is determined to what is comfortable to hand sew. I think 45 x 45 cm. 30 x 75 cm.
Now I’m looking at an overal design and now I’m much more free than the vertical lines I thought I needed up until now. I’m looking at Pinterest and keeping my fabrics nearby for honing in on my goal.
I love this work of art:
art by Victor Pasmore
A strip on the left, probably in three portions, in all light coloured fabrics. Two blocks on the right with details, featuring the more expressive fabrics. Dark details. All improvisational. Only the outer sides of the blocks are fixed.
The light fabrics will be the back ground: the white, the white with scribbles, light green, the hares and the yellow.
This is as far as I get today. I’ll play with this idea in my head for the rest of the day.