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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Quilting - How To Use Up Left Over Fabric

The problem with designing limited edition silks is that you get stuck with fabric if one design is not as successful as the next one. Over time you fold them neatly into storage containers and hope that they will become of use to you at some later stage in a new application. I decided recently that I wished to reduce the amount of silk I was storing. I cannot sell the silk, because then someone else would turn them into papillons and I would be out of business. I cannot turn them all into ties because the silks were mostly designed for bow ties, not ties. So finally I decided to turn them into a quilt. The journey thus far has been riveting. I never thought joining a quilting course could be so much fun. So far I have also managed not to cut myself - touch wood. As I progress I am going to share with you the pivotal moments. Below is stage one, cutting the silks into squares from which we will base our pattern. Two below is the finishing stages of a woman who has spent almost a year on designing and fabricating her quilt. A big thank you to the people at Hobby Sew for taking me on and to Siobhan Rogers of for taking me under her wing.

Initial design stage - after cutting out 81 pieces of silk we are attempting to create a pattern for the squares in our silk. There will be no patchwork (the patterns created on each panel eg: a teddy bear), instead, we will be relying on the individual patterns of the woven silk to bring out texture and colour. Copyright Le Noeud Papillon Sydney 2012

The lady who has completed this cotton quilt has spent up to twelve months working on this project and another  until she has reached the final stages of creating a border. The quilt is made from cotton fabric stitched down to a second later of polyester or cotton wadding. The estimated time it took to make this quilt is approximately 520 hours.

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