I’m in the planning stage for what may be perhaps the second most complicated and labour-intensive quilt of my life (for the most labour intensive, see https://talltalesfromchiconia.wordpress.com/chiconian-quilts and scroll down to My heirloom quilt).
I promised my brother a lap quilt. I asked him what sort of colours he’d like, and what sort of design. I got all sorts of visual source material… He wants a Tree of Life, something that speaks of the beauty of creation. He wants branches, trunk, roots, leaves, fruit, flowers. He wants sea and sky, birds and fishes.
I’d envisaged a fairly easily assembled lap quilt with a clean, modern colour scheme. He has a fairly limited notion of the technical limitations of patchwork and quilting, but a fairly clear notion of what he wants. We now have an agreed design. I just have to make the thing. Somehow…
So, here’s how it’s going to look. The entire background is going to be made up of 3.5″ squares, and everything else will be appliqued on. It will graduate from deepest blue at the bottom up through various other blue shades to turquoise at the halfway point. After that it will go from pale, palest blue up to the blue of a summer sky. Fish will swim in the bottom half, and birds fly in the top half. The tree will be contained by a circular frame which will have to be laid down as a bias strip applique, since piecing that curve and keeping it circular would be virtually impossible. I will have to construct the tree in sections, and the leaves individually. The roots are going to be fun, too… I draw the line, however, at creating individual grapes for the bunches of grapes. The outline and some highlighting will have to suffice. The flower petals, though, will have to be individual.
I haven’t even begun to consider the backing, or how it’ll be quilted. At present, I’m auditioning and assembling blues and turquoises for the background. Once I’ve got the whole background pieced, the fun will start, but it’ll be easier working to scale than trying to envisage it from a small drawing. I’ve tried scaling up, but it becomes a dreadful mess of graph paper, sticky tape and things not quite lining up. So I’ll address that problem once I have a full size background I can stand back from and squint at.
For those of you who believe in the power of prayer, a few wouldn’t go amiss. I’m going to need all the Divine intervention I can get if I’m to complete this thing with my sanity, patience and creative urge intact. Having said that, though, won’t it be totally gorgeous when it’s done?
I’ll keep you posted on my progress, or perhaps (probably!) lack of it, as I go along.