I'm still here!
Remember the photo above? Turns out that project was the most difficult quilt I have ever made. It was inspired by an antique quilt that Stella Rubin had. She graciously gave me permission to make a mini version of it, but she requested a photo of the finished quilt. Had it not been for that, I would have ditched the whole thing many times! Miniature quilt making is always an exercise in problem solving, but this one was one problem after another! I neglected to get permission to use Stella's photos of her quilt, so I am unable to share those with you.
The white diamonds that immediately surround the stars were stuffed in Stella's quilt. So that was the first problem. Here's s what I did:
Then it was time to sew the stars together.
The ruler shows you the size of the stars.
Sewing the rows together.
Then came the biggest problem - the border. The original quilt had appliques. They were in the style of the early 1800's with that airy and whimsical look. I couldn't applique flowers and leaves that small. I tried embroidery, but cotton floss was too shiny. Then I tried linen floss, which had the matte finish I wanted, but the color selection wasn't right. A museum curator and friend, suggested stenciling. Oh, duh, why didn't I think of that? Next problem - I had to teach myself how to do it and find paints that would work on fabrics. Plus I had to make miniature stencils. Finally, it got finished.
I don't remember ever being this happy to finish a quilt. It finished at 20.5" x 23.5 "
All the fabrics are from the early 1800's.
Well, a belated happy 2018! Hope all my quilty friends are well and busily quilting future heirlooms.
Till next time.......