My entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival is a quilt I made for our youngest daughter, Erica, and gave to her when she moved away to attend college in Arizona. The pattern I fell in love with was from Quilt Sampler Fall/Winter 2009, called "Material Matters", from the shop Honey Run Quilters in Chico, CA. It featured the use of dupioni silk and velveteen with Bear's Paw blocks. Having never worked with these materials before, I was interested in seeing what would happen. Erica picked out all the fabrics, with some help from me with scale and color, and we searched high and low for the right mix.
The dupioni is the "claws" and was machine washed first and then attached to an iron-on stabilizer, per pattern directions, before being cut and sewn into the HSTs. I let the grain run this way and that to maximize the shine edging the big 8" squares of fabric.
Layout of all the blocks and setting triangles. That was a lot of points to match!
We could not find any velveteen that would match, so ended up with this luscious purple "suede" from the home decorating department, for the outer border. It had the desired texture and same weight.
Prepping for basting in my mother's studio. I used a wool batting for the first time in this project, which was recommended by the designer due to the extra weight of the unusual materials.
Erica likes the fleur-de-lis motif and I used it in the big blocks. I had her trace the design 24 times onto tracing paper with a light box, then I pinned the paper to the quilt and free motion quilted on the lines.
It was a bit tedious to remove the paper but I felt the design looked great. I stitched a "cornerstone" in the center and in the ditch around each block.
All the white parts were stippled and I left the dupioni unquilted.
The finished quilt required two tall men standing on a curb to hold it off the ground. This is a big one!
On the back, I used leftovers to piece Erica's initials and add some interest.
Lots of texture from the quilting.
The cross-hatching I did in the suede border shows up better here on her queen sized bed. My girl loves her quilt although she recently mentioned that it doesn't have a label. I told her I don't know what to name it. "Erica's Quilt", said Erica. Well, okay then, that's simple enough!
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