Friday, 9 June 2017

The freedom quilt

I have been working on this mini quilt for months, and finally it is finished and hanging in my living room!


I think I might have shown it to you when it looked like this... but maybe I forgot.  The words are improv pieced (my favourite technique and one I'm teaching tomorrow at the East Midlands Modern Quilt Guild) in shades of blue Kona solids, and the background is scrappy low volume.  


I put a 2" border around it using each of the colours I'd used for the words.  I then auditioned a potential scrappy low-volume border v. a blue binding.  The blue binding won. It was at this stage I realised I'd made the border to the exact size and it would change as I quilted it!  Off it came and a new border went on.  Yes, my pjs have sheep on them.


It was also at this stage that I realised I'd forgotten something rather important....



Credit.  These lyrics are from She Bangs The Drums by The Stone Roses, one of my favourite bands ever.  I embroidered the names of the two co-writers using the fonts on my Janome Atelier 5.


I bound the quilt in a blue Alison Glass print and added hanging corners.  I then got my Dremel out and cut a piece of dowel to size.  It's hanging from some yarn - I need a better solution than that!  I completely forgot to measure it, but from memory of doing the borders, I believe it is 33" wide x 39" long, so bigger than Silent Scream.


I took down Silent Scream from above the mantlepiece and put up The Freedom Quilt in its place.  Silent Scream was how I felt during depression.  My depression lifted shortly after my husband left so this Freedom Quilt is an expression of freedom both from him and from it. 


This seems to be the only close up picture I took to show the quilting and the binding.  I was planning on free-motion quilting it, but I just couldn't decide what I wanted to do, so I had a go at straight line quilting instead and quilted a grid.  It was fairly quick and easy, but I have to say I prefer the look of FMQ.  

I have a confession.  I didn't bury the threads.  In fact, I didn't even cut them off on the back, I just left them there.  This is, after all, a quilt whose back will always be facing a wall!  Don't think I'll be winning any quilting awards any time soon....

Now to decide on my next lyrics as I'll be starting a new quilt tomorrow.












18 comments:

Bethany said...

I love that!!! It looks like it must have taken forever!!

Hillview Embroidery said...

This has come up really well, and I love the lyrics, very fitting, and a good reminder to us all!

Rachel said...

You can always tidy up the back if you feel you really want to, at some later date. I suspect you were so keen to put it up that such details became unimportant!

Sandra :) said...

Now THAT is a happy quilt - a happy for the future quilt - it makes me happy to see it :)

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

I do remember this quilt and the previous one. Such a great idea and looks really good on your wall too.

Jane Galley said...

Now we wouldn't have know if you hadn't said, lol! Lovely to see it finished and up on the wall

margaret said...

such positive words that have made a great wall hanging. Best of luck with the teaching hope the students behave for you and no messing around.

Chris of UK City Crafter said...

This is excellent! Love the improv lettering and the message and meaning behind the words. I think the cross hatch quilting suits the angular lettering very well. Hope the teaching goes well.

underatopazsky said...

That is lovely - positive and strong.

elizabethdee said...

Congratulations on conceiving and executing such a great quilt!

Allie-oops Designs said...

I can't even tell you how much I love this quilt, how proud I am of you, what an inspiration you are. I hope you look at this every day, and remember to be proud of YOURSELF - you've come through so much, and you are strong! Never, ever doubt that. A million hugs and pats on the back, my girl, well done.

carvingtimefromlife said...

I love it!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I LOVE this, Wendy! Great words and beautifully displayed :)

FlashinScissors said...

Great quilt, Wendy! Nicely made ..... love the improv lettering and the quilting! Great sentiment!
Hope you enjoyed teaching the lesson too!
Barbara x

Sarah in Stitches said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Awesome job. It must feel so empowering to see it up on the wall every time you walk into the room! :D

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Wow! It's great! Love the quote and it looks great there on your wall... love you pjs too :) xx

Sheryl S. said...

Great work Wendy, love this quilt and lettering.

Magpie Sue said...

Oh, EXCELLENT! Well done you!