It is a major brain squeeze, I know, but some of you may remember way back when I decided to cut up my girls' childhood dresses to make a quilt. Well, here is the top so far. You can see a part of one of the dresses below that I couldn't bring myself to cut completely.
Throughout the quilt there are not only pieces of the fabric from the outfits, but also entire sections that I thought "played out" better as they were like this piece that had embroidery on it and was layered over a yellow under dress. I cut the rectangle out of both pieces making sure to let the yellow piece peek out from underneath and then I stitched them both into place.
Another two layer piece I left pinned into place, hopefully I will get that right when I baste it.
To my surprise, I really enjoyed cutting their dresses up. It flooded me with memories of when they were small.
If you look closely, below, you can actually see in the red piece one of the pockets to the red pants. I can't believe that their hands actually once were little enough to fit into that tiny pocket.
I had to get inventive with the pant cuffs, as well, for they looked better "whole" too.
I have made the quilt back TWICE. I made it once, then I sewed the front of one dress and the front of the pants in their entirety on the quilt back. I even went so far as putting "tabs" on the outfits to make them look like paper doll clothes. It all looked great, that is until I got to the basting. That is when I began to envision the quilting stitches coming through the back into the "paper doll" outfits in random patterns. That wasn't going to work for me, so off it all came - every single little hope-some-day-I-will-be-an-heirloom stitch.
The project has since not seen the light of day, until yesterday afternoon when I decided to photograph it. I don't know why this happens to me ... one hiccup and the whole project gets put on to the back burner. Since then my brain has played this game - kind of goes like this:
Right Side- "I never really liked quilts on a bed anyways"
Left Side- " I really do like seeing all those colors together though"
Right side-" But we use down comforters in the winter and those special summer fiberfill blankets that they don't sell anymore at Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Those are the best in the summer, the new ones don't wash up the same."
Left Side-"Maybe you should stop thinking 'quilt' and make something else with it"
Right side- "My girls would never forgive me. I am supposed to be making an heirloom here!"
Left Side-"So what? Big deal."
Left Side-" You know that coat pattern that has been kicking around the studio? Why don't you turn this thing into a coat?"
Right Side-" Wouldn't that be grounds for receiving the Worst-Mother-of-The-Year award? Besides, the seams would be too bulky if the whole thing is quilted."
Left Side-" Why don't you crochet the pieces together and omit the 'seams' entirely, you could use that new yellow bamboo yarn that you paid an arm an a leg for but have yet to use,"
Right Side-"Shhh. Enough"
And it goes on like this. Not all day, mind you, but long enough to question issues of sanity. So that is where I am with it. Until next time, Carolina.