Monday, March 12, 2012

Ready for Quilting!

Picking up the story from last week...

Once I had the seven columns of my text quilt in place I had to decide what to use for sashing strips between them. The first print I considered was the "Hellbucket" black on white.

I also had a black with quilt related words printed in a light silvery gray.

Neither one really made my heart sing. I looked deeper in my stash and was delighted to find this light blue that looks like the marbled end papers you find inside the covers of good books.


Then I had to decide whether to use the blue marble between the last columns and the outer border. In the end I went with the Hellbucket print as an inner frame.

It seemed like no time at all and the top was complete!

The very next day I made a back. This print has been in my stash for several years. I was never able to figure out how to put it to good use. Seemed like a good place to start a back for Reading Material. ;- )

The black word print worked perfectly to add length to the single yard of the comic book...

and the hearts seemed appropriate to get the width I needed.

Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to get this quilted. In the very beginning I planned to do it myself. Then I thought I might tie it. The ties could reference bookmarks. I haven't entirely ruled out having my long arm quilter do the job for me though. That would get me out of having to do the basting!


  1. I vote that you treat yourself and let your longarm quilter finish this literary quilt. Love how all the parts work together!!!

  2. I vote for the longarmer also, give yourself that for a job well done. I love your process and I really love the results...perfect! Feels good doesn't it?? Hugs, Finn

  3. Beautiful job! That marbled fabric is just perfect. I have a quilt made from that comic book fabric (in a black and white color way) in my home office. What a fun quilt!

  4. I enjoyed reading the process you went through to produce this. Picking fabric is tricky and it is amazing how many treasures we do have in our stashes when we look. And more amazing to me is that one knows when one finds the diamond in the rough that it is right. Lovely quilt and lots of fun to look at.

    I find myself turning to the longarmer more and more. Now it takes a REALLY REALLY special quilt to make me hand quilt, though I love doing it when I do. Treat yourself to the long arm.

  5. this turned out great!! treat yourself to more creative time... let the longarmer quilt it!


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