So, just before I went back to work after Christmas, I finished all the wedding quilt blocks. I had made some amendments to the design, while I was sewing – I always do this. Sometimes the design only exists in my head, so I don’t have to admit to having changed it. This one, however, had actually been drawn out. And I did actually change it on the drawing – by simply over-drawing in a different colour, rather than any more formal, complex, or complete method. But still…
So the central row of blocks in this picture are the new design, where every corner is made up of four large half square triangle blocks. At this point, I wasn’t sure if they would be arranged in a diamond, or in a pinwheel to echo the smaller, triangle blocks. But they were done.
The white half of the corner blocks, if you look carefully, is made of a print of cream roses on a white background. This quilt is a wedding present for my sister. I know my sister pretty well, and I can confidently predict that, should she ever get married, she will theme her wedding around cream roses. I bet they’ll feature on the invitations, the room decoration, her bouquet, the table favours*. A cream rose wedding would be just her style. So when I found a fabric featuring cream roses, it seemed ideal to use in a quilt which will, one day, be her wedding gift. The centre of the quilt is made up of solid squares of the cream rose fabric.
Today, I laid the blocks out, and stitched them into rows. There’s a number of ways of treating triangle blocks. If you put them together, edge to edge, you create interesting repetitions, and new shapes in the negatives. In my design (which is actually drawn out, remember, so I kind of have to stick to it. Or overdraw it again – which would just look scribbly), I had decided to put a 3″ sash between each block. Which creates more space, and makes the quilt more of a white quilt – or a shades of cream and white quilt. In my head, anyway.
Having laid the blocks out, I’ve joined the rows of blocks. I’ve inserted the vertical 3″ sash between the individual, triangle blocks.
Next, I need to make the horizontal sashing rows. Each triangle block will have a 3″ sash above and below it. Where the sashing meets, there will be a 3″ square, in as close to Everton blue as I’ve been able to find. I predict that, should my sister ever get married, she’ll marry an Everton supporter – so that’d be a good colour to use…**
Once the sashing rows are assembled, they can be inserted between the block rows. The Everton blue squares will act like a hearth square in a log cabin block. I like this idea of domesticity in the busyness of the triangles.
If there’s enough of the cream fabric I’m using for sashing left, then I’ll also put a 3″ border all the way round, with a blue hearth square at each corner.
Then I need to make the back. There is a lot of the sashing fabric, but because I bought it 9 years ago, I can’t remember *how* much there is. I hope there might be enough of it to make the back. The centre of the back will have a New York Beauty, which I happen to have made when I first thought of making my sister a wedding quilt. Because I imagine she’ll probably get engaged in New York. And so that’d be a kind of cool thing to work into the quilt somewhere, wouldn’t it?? But this is kind of bright and funky, and doesn’t tie in with the front of the quilt, particularly, so the back seems a good place to put it.
I have kind of a cool idea for the quilting, too, but it’s nice to keep a surprise element to a gift, isn’t it? So I’m not going to write about that, in advance. I’ll show you what it is when I’ve given the quilt to Sissy. If she ever gets married, that is…
*I’m kind of right. She got married nine years ago. She did have the cream roses. The gift is a little overdue. We don’t mention it.
** Guess what team my lovely brother in law supports??