Whew! The show quilt is done, and two days early even! The deadline on this thing relates to the Houston show entry deadline which is May 19 (are you entering a quilt?), and I really wanted this quilt to go to the show this year. Not that I know it’s going to be there yet since it’s a juried show, and the quilt will have to make it though the jurying, but at least the entry will get there on time now!
Enough about the deadlines, what about the quilt? There have been little glimpses along the way , and here are a few sneak peeks that I didn’t show here (you only saw these if you follow on Twitter or Facebook!), but now I can show you the finished product!
And a closer view:
I designed this quilt specifically to include the Inchies and the satin stitch applique technique that I’ve developed and hope to teach classes on. The edges are finished with a facing with inserted jumbo ric rac. I can see this hanging in the dressing room or boudoir I plan to have someday, so when I was planning the quilting, I was aiming for a frou-frou wallpaper sort of look, where the background patterns are overlaid with motifs. I could see that quilting design on some sort of very feminine flocked wallpaper in my mind. The pattern is modified from this Damask Panto from Aimee at Splendid Stitches.
You can see close up pictures of some of the Inchies on this quilt at InchieQuilts.com, in The Daily Inchie section, and more will be added soon. You can search for Accessorize Me and you’ll see all the Inchies from this quilt that have been posted.
Things I learned: Quilts like this are way more fun if deadlines aren’t looming (yeah, I seem to have to relearn this one once every couple of years or so. Sheesh.); if you have to do more than 12 Inchies that are all the same fabric, you have to get really creative to make them all look different (it can be done, but it takes more thought and a huge variety of embellishments at hand, and is something to keep in mind when designing); you can never have a big enough variety of beads, fibers and embellishments (see previous item); and I still don’t know how to use my new camera all that well (yeah, I already knew about that too, but it’s now been reiterated).
I still feel like I ought to be able to get better pictures out of this thing; the detail shots are good, and I finally have the right settings and tripod/lighting/table set up to get great shots of individual Inchies for The Daily Inchie, but the pictures of the full quilt seem like they should be better. The edges and details should be sharper I think. I may just be wishing for something that I could only get with a large format camera with many more millions of pixels than this one has though, and I was lucky to be able to afford this one, so anything better is out of range. I will keep trying though and talk to a friend of mine who knows much more about all this than I do, and see what I can come up with.
Now that this is done, I can turn attention to all the other deadlines that are looming. I read this from Camille@Simplify a couple of days ago, and to say I can relate would be an understatement. I definitely feel the same pain at the moment, though not because of anything going on at Quilt Market. I’ve got to get going on some other things that have to get done before the release of Inchie Quilts, like the online shop, more workshop planning and magazine articles! I think it’s just the curse of being super creative; we have these awesome ideas (or ones we think are awesome at the time anyway!) and we always take on more than we can or should, but somehow it all gets done. 🙂