Quilting To Do - Front
"Quilting To Do" is my latest Project Quilting entry, inspired by office supplies.
I had quite a challenge this week, as both of my main sewing machines were out for service, and my remaining machine is deployed to a quilting frame. So I decided to see what I could accomplish sans machine.
My inspiration was colorful reams of paper, post-it notes, and paper clips.
I decided to lay out 4 sheets of colorful paper to determine the finished size (17" x 22") & used a background fabric that reminded me of the vibrant colors. I then "stitched" and "taped" the sheets together using a silver rayon thread and "cellophane tape" that I made from sheer drapery fabric & cut with my pinking shears.
I then used a buttery yellow fabric & fusible to make 1.5" x 2" "post-it notes". From the fabric post-it notes, I created some post-it art that spells out "to do", then I scattered handwritten notes around the letters for all the quilting tasks that need to get done.
I used colorful paper clips (those are real) and hand stitched those into the border and the center of the quilt.
Once the quilting and embellishing was done, I mounted the quilt to foam core, backed with felt so it can be used as a mini design wall. Then I used a matching trim and hand-stitched it to form the binding (through all 7 layers - top, batting, backing, foam, felt, plus 2 layers of the trim!) with a heavy-duty needle. Phew!
I think technically it's still a quilt, although a rather stiff one! Everything was from stash, including the foam core, and the quilt was made in Hainesville, IL.