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This is the vintage crazy quilt that started it all.
It was the border that made me put this quilt into hibernation from 2010 until 2014.
I think collaborating on our new book with my co-author, Valerie Bothell, whose work is so precise and logical, (and gorgeous) must have helped me tune up for this challenge. Thanks, Val!
There are lots of technical issues, as you can imagine. Working with wiggly, easily fraying fabric in small pieces was the main one; being accurate to the diagram, of course, was the other. I'll share how I approached my task.
I had sewn the units together...along their vertical lines. That made the sewing easy. The rest of the seams were ironed under, with the whole thing pinned to the foundation for sewing with clear thread.
One of the things I loved most about making these borders was that I got to revisit my fancy fabric stash, digging into the bins for just the right color and texture.
I used interfacing ALOT as I went along, sometimes before cutting the shapes out, sometimes after.
The other fabric that demanded strict and non-negotiable handling was that notorious diva, velvet.
By the time I finished the second quadrant, things were going very smoothly.
Here I've started playing around with using vintage velvet ribbon to cover the raw edges between the rows of units.
By the fourth quadrant, I really didn't want this phase of my Vintage CQ to end...
There were many sweet memories as I used fabrics from so many friends and from family, too. This is a distinct advantage of working slowly. It gives plenty of time for reflection....
I call this the "Seidman Corner". My Uncle Bill Seidman was in government under Ford and Bush 1...his FDIC and Treasury Department ties are in there, an American flag eagle, a medal from his time as an economic adviser to the President in the White House. I am very proud of his public service.
The ribbon is from my Aunt Sally's sewing box, a beautifully woven commemoration of the Bi-Centennial in 1976.
So this is where I am now:
When it comes time to sew it all together, I will have those rulers handy so I can get everything exactly the same size, not just eyeball it like here. (Again, thanks Val!)
But first I need to embrodier those quadrants....
DMC's Satin Floss, which is rayon and therefore nice and glimmery.
With that, and all the tremendous amount of finish work ahead of me, this quilt has a long ways to go. But it will be done this year, for sure!