Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sweet and Sour Quilt Finished
I finished Sweet and Sour on Sunday night. On Monday I gave the quilt to soon-to-be-retired co-worker Greg A., who is known for singing Happy Birthday very badly on purpose. He is accompanied by fellow co-worker and violinist Ramin T., who plays a verse on the violin the right way. Then Greg joins him singly loudly and off-key. The duo is known as Sweet (Ramin) and Sour (Greg). People love to be serenaded.
Sweet and Sour Quilt 60" x 75"
Mostly from stash
Birthday Card found at grocery store
The card reminded me of Greg, and was the inspiration for the quilt.
I transferred the image from the birthday card to an inkjet fabric sheet, then worked it into the quilt. I included fabric featuring oranges (sweet) and lemons (sour). Also included is a tropical jungle print, referring to the Hawaiian shirts that Greg wears often. The quilt pattern looks more difficult than it really is (please see previous posts for the process).
A bit of trivia: Several years ago a group of quilters and I made a quilt for Greg's wife Lillian as she was going through a serious illness. Now they both have a quilt.
The rest of this post shows details from quilt top to finished quilt.
Usually do a pillowcase finish when I tie. Trying a traditional quilt sandwich, tie, then bind. Hairclips hold layers together.
By the way, I lay out quilts on my bed. Years ago I moved into a small apartment and had no room on the floor to lay out a throw-sized quilt. The top of my mattress worked well. I use a fitted plastic mattress cover from Wal-Mart ($5), which makes it easy to move the quilt around--no drag from fabric against fabric.
Hairclips all the way around the edges of the quilt. Could use pins, but why stick myself?
Quilt ready for tying. I like to start tying in the center.
DMC embroidery floss--had these on hand
I like to use floss that coordinates with the fabric, usually several colors per quilt. If I don't have what I need in my floss stash, I take samples of fabric or the whole quilt top with me to the craft store.
My best tools for tying--curved needle and needle threader. Found in needlework section of craft stores.
Needle threader through the eye of the curved needle, then loop the full 6 strands of floss through the threader. Pull the threader to draw the floss through the needle's eye.
Ready to go
2.5" - 3" tails
Surgeon's knot: loop twice, pull; loop twice again, pull.
Trim tails to about 1".
Trimmings. I use a paper like this to collect the trimmings. I dump the trimmings in the trash as each row is finished.
I usually string a whole row in one color before I cut the tails.
When I get to the end of a row, I cut tails, pulling thread as I make my way across the row. There isn't much thread wasted, and I only have to thread the needle once per color per row; I tie knots for that color before moving on to another color.
A section of the first row with ties
Trimmings from the first row...into the trash
Once all the knots were tied, I attached the binding, one side at a time. I haven't decided whether I prefer the pillowcase or binding method with tying. Certainly with the binding, it's a nicer finish. I'll give it another try sometime and see what I think.
Another WIP finish. Enjoy retirement, Greg! We'll miss your singing.