Tuesday, February 17, 2015

What Have I Gotten Myself Into?

Late last year a friend in my stitch group told me that her new daughter-in-law wanted to have a quilt made from her sister's clothes.  She asked if I would be interested.  I thought "Sure, what's one quilt?"

Her daughter-in-law and I talked on the phone and arranged for a convenient time for them to come over, talk about the quilt and bring the clothes to be incorporated in it.

A couple of weeks ago Sherri, her husband and her MIL came over with the clothes:

I was surprised at the quantity (ignore the red underneath the clothes - they are covering a queen-sized bed - hope we don't have any visitors any time soon!).  I was even more surprised when we talked and she explained that she wanted five (5) quilts not the one I thought.  I swallowed and said okay. We talked about the setting and some specific inclusions in some of them.  I gave her the estimate for one quilt and she said it was what she expected and gave me the green light.

I immediately started to look for sashing fabric (Kona Snow) and backing fabrics.  Here are my choices:

As you can see from all the clothes there is quite a variety of fabrics.  I bought a chunk of fusible interfacing that will help to stabilize the knits, rayons and loosely woven fabrics.

I have started to cut - cottons first - they are the quickest and I don't have to stabilize them.  I have a few ideas about how I will lay out the different quilts - two are for guys and I don't want to make them too fussy. I will take advantage of the cold weather we are having right now to get some more cutting done - I really don't need to go to a quilt store right now.  

I'll keep you posted on my progress.  The one good thing - there is no looming deadline.  She said she would like a couple for Christmas.  I plan to have them all done by then.

Stay warm and quilt on!



Karen said...

Wow, what a project. I can see what you'll be doing in Danville. Or will you?

Cheryl said...

Wow, 5 quilts is quite the project, good luck!