Thursday, October 28, 2010
Here's the Rouenneries quilt completed and ready to go.
Like so many projects, it got bigger and bigger, kind of like Lucy and Ethel baking bread. It began with the purchase of a layercake pack of Moda French General Rouenneries fabric that I just couldn't resist. Originally, it was going to be a small throw... but it grew. I added some simple pieced blocks to break up the monotony of all the plain squares. Then it became bed-size. Then extra long, so it could accomodate a pillow tuck. With a border, it got even bigger.
All the straight lines and squares seemed to call for curves in the quilting. Marge West, my ace quilter, managed to roll this baby out in about half a week. Not sure how she does it; she is one speedy longarmer.
The back needed to be pieced, and there just happened to be enough of the Layercake blocks left to make it work out nicely.
True confession though--the main background fabric was 6.5 yards long. I needed to cut it in half for the backing.
Well. It was late at night and I took up my scissors and cut it in half lengthwise rather than crosswise. So instead of two pieces of fabric 3.25 yards long, I had four 22" wide strips the full 6.5 yards long. Had to sew it all back together again AND THEN cut in in half the right way. What an idiot I am.... As they say, cut once, measure twice.
This quilt will be living in Florida. Our good friends from Chicago, Rose and Jeff, are becoming snowbirds and moving to south Florida for the winter, lucky stiffs. This quilt was their happy-new-life-adventure gift from me. I've been promised a bedroom will be decorated around it.