flippytale's STASHbusting (works in progress)

I am an artist, so I've started a lot of "good ideas" that have turned out to not be that at all. Some are still good, but I lost momentum by either getting bored with the work or distracted by a new more exciting idea. All of that is okay, but now so many of my UFOs are taking up space. It is time to clear the playing field.... (or be buried under a pile of partially sewn fabric)

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Eames Inspired Bed Quilt

Modern Shapes Bed Quilt:

Potential names:
something with "DNA" in it
something about evolving or a new strand of
the name has to be as personal as the design.

2009 When I got home after that retreat in 2007 and looked at the back I was heart broken to see that I had basted wrinkles into it. Finally last year I had the courage to take out the basting and the two pieces are waiting in my sewing room for a brave and open afternoon when I will baste it the was I always have, on my bed. I have another king size quilt that came out just fine.

11/11/2007 (Wow! I can't believe it has been since February that I worked on this last)

I arrived at our annual quilt retreat with the top and the two side boarders to finish, so I got to work on Friday:
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Once those two borders were finished and sewn on I realized that I had a big gap at the bottom and had to extend the bottom border so that it would be even.
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I finished the top just before dinner on Saturday and me and two of my friends took it outside to photograph it from the back stair case. It measures about 105 x 110 inches! A monster! Here it is hanging side ways:
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Can you see some of the lovely setting we had to work in?

So, after dinner is when the "real" quilters get busy. It is our last night and everyone wanted to sew on their projects. Myself included. I got busy with the back and managed to keep working on it until 1 am. I am such a pansy! Many of the other ladies were still going strong when I walked around to say good night. My roomie worked until 4:30 am!

Well, I woke up Sunday morning around 5:30 and realized I might have a chance to finish that back in time to baste the quilt before we had to leave at noon. So I got busy again. Just about everyone had stayed up late and were fast asleep when I crept out to my work space. I got the back finished just before breakfast! I had enough time to spread it out across 6 tables put together before I ate. I don't want to miss the meals because that is when I get a chance to chat with everyone and we do fun things through out the meal.
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Miracle, Miracle!
Several ladies volunteered to help me baste after breakfast and I worked on it steadily through the morning and just around noon I finished basting it. But, I couldn't have gotten it done with out so many wonderful friends to help me.
Here is what the back side looks like:
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We basted a few wrinkles at the edges, but the center is together and that is where I will start quilting. So I will just adjust the errant basting later on. I've figured out the quilting for the long vertical sections, but not yet for the two center regions.
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2/20/2007-I was busy this weekend putting together the last two strips and boarder, it is folded in quarters in this picture because it is too big to hang fully on my design wall. Right now it is about 100+ x 100+" (That should just about do it for size)
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2/16/2007-put on a couple more strips, trying to confirm the final dimensions, how big the border should be..
what I found so far....
King Size
86"x92" to 110"x96"

Cal King Size
101"x86" to 110"x96"

Right now I have sewn the length already, about 105", but width is about 70" right now, so I need about 15-25" more inches for the width.

Had it on the bed to make measurements and Timon had to get up on it just after leaving the litter box. A close encounter, and luckily he didn't mess up the top, just my bedding... yuck! I would rather wash bedding than try to figure out how to clean a quilt top while it is still being sewn.

2/3/2007 - I am currently working, it is on the First layer of my design wall, but the rest of my life keeps interupting, love the colors, I want to work on it again, but have to remove the ones on top first.

2005-2006 - I started it because to our guild's 2005-2006 President's Challenge: "Make the Quilt you have been wanting to make but keep putting off". So I dove in and got started. I had been collecting inpiration photos and fabric colors, I was very clear what my pallet would be.

I can't say Eames in my only inpiration, but a lot of the graphics from the Mid-Century Modern furniture and fabric of the 1950's and Mod 1960's as well as contemporary sources. A common motif is the TV shape from this era that I really like
Here are some of my inspirations:


Denyse Schmidt

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Timon has to "inspect"
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Blogger The Calico Cat said...

Very inspiring...

7:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your taste! Angela Adams was introduced to me by my sister (if only I could afford her rugs!) and I've been looking out for her work since. Eames, however, has been in my vocabulary for a while. I love the work of that era, and love that you brought the spirit of it into a modern quilt. Perfect.

8:30 PM  

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