Update on giant quilt

I was sad once again to miss last week’s posting, but I had cataract surgery a week ago, and I’ve had to take it easy for the past few days.

Aside from that, I have been very busy with many quilting projects, particularly with one of the most time-intensive ones, which is the finishing of the large quilt that I had been working on for ages, and that I had thought it was all but finished when I last blogged about it, on June 4th. The gist of that project was that a client had hired me to make a quilt out of–literally–three barrels full of children’s clothes cut into 5″ squares. Not only was this one of the biggest quilts I’ve made, but it has also presented me with many challenges.

First of all, it took me a while to create the quilt due to its size, since the client was very specific as to this particular detail.

Second of all, I’ve had to create a different back for it, which is taking a lot of time due to the fact that I have had to stitch by hand blocks of black fabric.

I had originally tied the quilt as a way to unite all the layers together, since  I am unable to machine quilt it due to its size. But the client didn’t like that idea, since she later indicated that she was planning on using it as a reversible quilt. I must admit should I had known this very important fact from the beginning, I would have employed a totally different technique in its construction, but there it is. One must make do. Besides, a challenge is a challenge, and I’m not one to shy away from challenges.

Here is a photo of the large pile of black squares sewn into nine patch blocks, which I have been sewing onto the back of the quilt so that it actually becomes a reversible quilt, which I must admit is an interesting idea. I mean, sometimes you want a quilt that is colorful and eclectic in texture, but at other times you may want to display a more sober side to things.

What I most can’t get over about this quilt is just how BIG it is! It certainly would not have taken me as long to finish it had it not been so large, and I have to wonder where the quilt will end up living. Also I wonder how it will be cleaned, where it will be displayed, and of course what the children 

will think when they see it. Will they remember things like, “I remember wearing this at the Halloween Day Parade at my school when I was in 5th grade?” Or will a daughter recognize a dress she wore that she really wanted and one day received for her birthday? Will the youngest maybe remember the furry little jacket he or she used to wear? I only know the lady who commissioned it and have not met either of the children involved, but it is fun to imagine both the lifetimes of those whose clothing went into this quilt’s creation, and what their reaction towards it will be.

In any event, I would like to finish this for once and for all so that I get on with my other projects, which seem to have multiplied over the many weeks I’ve spent on this one.

Here are more pictures of the entire thing:

So, I hope the next time I post it will be from a place where I will have finished the “monster quilt.” Have a great week!

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