Monday, November 22, 2010

So My Teenage Granddaughter has decided.....

On the design for the quilt I promised to make her...

This may seem like a simple thing, however the discussion about the "theme" of the quilt started 8 years ago....we have gone through several ideas...including a quilt featuring strawberries ( I have several strawberry fabrics in my stash now)....a quilt featuring cooking (which she does quite well) but finally, now that she has a newly decorated room and considers herself to be more mature, the decision has been finalized.....the quilt will be  black and white and feature a music theme....WooHoo!

First item on my quilt "to do list" was go through my stash for possible fabrics and then shop for others...her Mother and I took her to a fabric store.....that was....an interesting experience!  Teenagers have strong opinions about fabric too :)


Next I found a quilt pattern I had purchased that had a music theme...which meant music symbols that I could copy for the applique portion of the quilt...

We knew we wanted  basic 12" square blocks..... some of them a nine patch quilt block of black squares alternating with black and white print squares....



I needed 125 5" squares like the ones above......to create 25 blocks that look like this.....


They are finished....so happy about that!

I also needed 24 of the white blocks that will end up as 12" appliqued squares....I have some of them finished.....


There will be 10 of these with the appliqued music symbols (I now realize that these symbols are backwards, but every quilt needs a mistake they say!) and 14 with a hand quilted design of the music symbols....I am going to use black quilting thread so the design will pop!

I will also hand quilt around each of the appliques (which are machine sewn on with a very tiny satin stitch),  do some hand quilting around the small squares which make up the larger square....these will also be "tied" in the center with a black yarn.

For now I have 2 applique blocks to finish, next I will lay all the blocks out until I find a grouping that I like, then I start sewing them together to form the quilt top.....if life goes as I plan (haha) the quilt top should be complete this coming week!

Check back in a couple of weeks for the next phase in the saga of the quilt!

VE

7 comments:

Runs With Scissors said...

OMG, this is awesome! I can't wait to see the finished project!

Clara said...

This will be very striking.

peppercorns said...

This will be beautiful and I know she'll love it. Your quilts are always wonderful.

I am glad it's you and not me though. LOL

Meeling said...

Awesome project! I love black and white quilts...they always look fantastic!

Doodle said...

Music theme - right up my alley. Very nice. Can't wait to see the final product.

jfreda1 said...

This is going to look awesome VE!
It will be fun to see it as you go along.

goodgosh said...

She chose well! Can't go wrong with black and white. I like the patterns and can't wait to see it! When will it be done? :)