January 7, 2014

Angela ~ Journey Through Time Quilt

My project for this year is a quilt, a 'trip around the world' design of 2½" squares (2" when sewn) and all the patterned squares are different fabrics.
This is the graph I made, there are dark, light and off white squares making a diamond pattern.  I used a lot of charm packs for this but still cut a lot out too, including all the off white squares.  An Olfa knife makes quick work of it.
Over 2 days I sorted squares by color tone and arranged each row, then banded and numbered them.
I was going to sew them on the machine and hand quilt but I opted to hand sew the squares as well, a nice way to pass time in the evenings, especially while it has been so cold.

I began sewing the rows together once I had a few done and pressed and since a couple weeks before Christmas I now have 19 rows of the 46 completed.
Left side
Right side

I have yet to find somewhere where I can take a photo of the whole thing at once, you can see the double line down the center showing nicely.  

I played with the idea of doing photos of the women in the family but I have so few photos that I am now considering writing their names and birth/death dates in the off white squares.  All the unsung female members that held the family together over hundreds of years.  After more than 30 years of doing genealogy I have quite a few names.

I'm naming this quilt a Journey Through Time as many of the fabrics are reproductions from many generations and represent the patterns and colors my ancestresses would have known and used.


Debra Spincic said...

It's really fun to see all the fabrics in your quilt! Smart of you to bundle the squares in rows; especially since you are hand stitching.
You are almost to the halfway point! This isn't taking as long as I expected. Maybe you will hand quilt it since it is hand pieced?

Suztats said...

Wow, Angela, you've made a lot of progress! You must be one fast stitcher. your quilt looks great already.

ladyhawthorne said...

I believe I will hand quilt it, in homage to all those women who came before me that had no sewing machines. Besides, I like hand quilting.

ladyhawthorne said...

I don't know that I'm fast, I just need something to keep my hands busy if I'm sitting in front of the TV. Other wise I will chew off my fingernails, lol.

Debra Spincic said...

I think that is a good idea!

Debra Spincic said...

or stay too long on Pinterest! LOL!

Barbara C said...

This quilt is going to be a beauty. I love the idea of writing the names of family members on the quilt.

Moira said...

wow, you've made a lot of progress on the quilt! It is going to be a wonderful quilt and a wonderful keepsake if you put the names of your family members on it.

cq4fun said...

This is looking great already. The idea of combining the repro fabrics, the names, and a skill most of the women would have had is really a great genealogy tribute.

Cyra said...

Oh Angela I admire your organization skill as well as your stitching skill. A most delightful project to include your female ancestors too. Congrats on a great project for 2014.