Liberated Challenge Quilt for AAQI
Today my inspiration came from Playing Games With Squares by Jude Hill at Spirit Cloth. She’s combining patchwork with weaving strips of fabric. This seemed like something I could try with my Liberated Challenge Quilt.
My quilt is tentatively titled “Winter Journey.” I wanted to portray the journey Alzheimer’s patients and their families face. In the lower right corner, the strips are still woven together, although things are a bit off-kilter.
As you move across the quilt, up, and to the left, , the woven strips start losing their orderliness, until at the upper left corner, there’s no structure left, just disjointed pieces.
I’m going to use the smaller wolf image, and place it towards the lower right corner. The wolf is moving into an inner landscape where once-familiar things have changed into something unrecognizable.
All the strips are pinned down right now. There will probably be a little more tweaking, but this is close to the finished arrangement. I think I’m going to fuse the strips right to the batting, and then hand quilt with large, primitive-looking stitches. Then I’ll applique the wolf on the top. By adding the wolf after the piece is quilted, I’m hoping to give the impression that the wolf doesn’t really belong in this place where it finds itself.
I’m still not sure about the fusing, since it will make the piece stiffer, but since the edges of the strips are raw, I think this will stabilize them. I’m not sure that the quilting alone will hold everything together. And it would be a disaster if it fell apart later on, after it’s sold!
Salvaging a quilting disaster
Remember my quilting disaster from last week? I cut all the blocks in half this morning, and looked through my fabric to find something that would go with the scrappy triangles. I had lots of possibilities, but not enough of any one thing. I wanted to use the same fabric throughout, both to tie things together, and to calm down all that frenetic activity.
I found a large piece of a chestnut brown. It looks redder than it really is in the photo. But I think it will work well with the wild combination of scraps. I tried a dark green, but it was a print, and this quilt REALLY didn’t need another print!
So I’ll cut some strips tomorrow, and start sewing my triangles down. Then I can see how they fit together (if they do) and try some different arrangements. The pinwheel looks pretty good. I also did a barn raising design that I didn’t take a picture of. I’m sure I’ll find lots of ways to put the blocks together.
The nice part about is that that I’ll have 60 blocks, instead of just 30. Hopefully they’ll finish around six inches. I may need to do some creative piecing to get them close to the same size! I can either do two lap quilts to donate, or a twin quilt.
Molly, looking innocent, before The Great Avalanche
Molly just wouldn’t leave me alone this morning. She walked around on my ironing board, supervised closely while I was trying to cut and arrange strips, knocked things in the floor, and generally helped in any way she could.
I keep my fabric in one of those three-drawer plastic bins. This is a bit unstable when one of the drawers is open, especially when a cat jumps into the open drawer when you’re not looking! Over it went, along with the iron, which was off, thank goodness. The noise startled me, and I let out a yell. My hubby thought something had fallen on me, while I thought Molly was trapped under the mess.
But kitties are very fast, and she was crouched in the hallway, with BIG eyes, wondering what had happened. I was annoyed at her, but I was also glad she was OK. Of course, she came traipsing in while I was picking up, reminding me what a wonderful kitty she is, and maybe I could feed her a little something to help her recover from her traumatic experience? Cats. Ya gotta love ‘em!