A long time ago, in a
galaxy garage sale faraway, Elizabeth found a whole lotta’ gingham. She shared with Krista, who really likes vintage fabrics. Then we hatched the idea to share with a few others. And today’s the day everyone is sharing with us, but first–my reveal!
I’ve titled this quilt: Gingham Quilt. Really original, but certainly it has to get points for being descriptive, doesn’t it? I auditioned a lot of different block ideas, and then decided that just about anything would work with these prints, especially a lot of white. I know some of the checks get in the way of the bow-tie, but I wanted this to be a fun, summery quilt, without freaking out about anything. So there you go—some things you just live with and love.
I had seen in a Roberta Horton book that she had used a different fabric for the outside blocks in order to create a border, and I wanted to try that too. I picked up the cool lavender almost randomly, wanting it so it wouldn’t intrude on the crisp white in the middle of the quilt. A slight shift, only, in that border, and I tried to use many of the darker ginghams to highlight that shift.
Detail of the quilting, which is a spool of thread and a needle. My quilter Cathy always has a great design for me.
Two glamour shots of the quilt. I wanted to show one of my favorite ginghams–one not likely ever seen again in today’s mass market. It’s that true lavender in the middle of the quilt.
I left this picture bigger so you could click on it for detail. This is made with (deep memory, here, from my CloTex degree) a dobby loom. The word comes from the early days of fabric manufacture, when a little boy would sit on top of the loom and pull up individual warp (or lengthwise) yarns so the weft (crosswise or selvage-to-selvage) shuttle could glide across and make a design. Dobby is short for “draw boy,” or so the rumor goes.
If you look closely on the back, you can see white yarns (threads) that are carried across the back, and create the design on the front. The floating yarns are the tip-off to which side you are looking at. A lappet is another type of machine but it’s my understanding that the lappet can only do one direction of thread, whereas in this design both the warp and the weft are involved. Like I said, we aren’t likely to see this fabric ever again.
I chose a Jane Sassaman print for the back, and not only because I got a bunch of it for a deal when I went up to Michael Levine’s in Los Angeles, in the garment district, but more because it seemed to be in the mood of the front.
I think of this as the quilt for a picnic, for throwing down on a meadow somewhere and pulling out a wicker basket, kitted out perfectly with gourmet feastiness. Right. Not my life. In reality, I think of the time I went up and took my then 4th-grade daughter out to lunch. . . on the front lawn of the school. We got a lot of crazy looks from the gardeners and the kindergarteners as we enjoyed our sauteed pepper-and-onion sandwiches, just the two of us, with moms picking up kids in the school’s driveway just three feet away. It’s a great memory; it’s that kind of a picnic quilt.
Now hop on over to the other blogs and see their Project Gingham reveals!
Krista, of KristaStitched
Cindy, of Live A Colorful Life
Rachel of The Life of Riley
Suz, of PatchworknPlay
Kris, of Duke Says Sew What
Becky, the Sarcastic Quilter