The SPUN Textile Exhibit at the Denver Art Museum ends today. In the spring we heard the call for submissions for 2 ft. x 3 ft. blocks to be included in the Spun Community Quilt and decided we wanted to be involved. We didn’t have a lot of time before the June 3rd deadline and didn’t want to leave any one of us holding the bag and having to do a lot of the work at the last minute. I thought it would be best if we could come up with a design that could be done with equal involvement from each of the six of us (even Bill!) and proposed that we follow the irregular strip-piecing methods in Create Your Own Free-Form Quilts by Rayna Gillman.
The DAM conservation requirements were very specific so we selected a bunch of orphan blocks and lots of fabric scraps and split them up to wash and iron (without starch) the week before the afternoon that we set aside as our workday.
I’m not sure what Bill is doing here, but the rest of were crazy busy, cutting and sewing,
and pressing and sewing some more, then analyzing the pieces on the design wall.
The next step was to cut into those strip sets and piece together mini compositions.
Since the finished size had to be 2 x 3 feet, it worked out perfectly for us to break that space into six parts so everyone would have a part of the final piece.
I took everything home with me over the following weekend to arrange the top. I squared up the individual pieces, trimmed some edges and added solid and patterned strips to tie the blocks together.
That’s when most of us decided that we liked it even better upside down!
We layered it with batting and backing made a pillowcase finish. Gigi added the perfect graphic quilting touches, we added the required holes in each corner for installation and Danielle dropped it off at the museum in early June. Then we waited. . .
When a few of us visited at the end of June they still hadn’t begun to hang the blocks and finally a week or so ago we heard that there were conservation and installation problems that led to the delay. They have finally started to install the blocks as the rest of the SPUN exhibit is winds down today. The blocks installation will stay up for a few more weeks, but we couldn’t wait any longer to share our piece and process with you. Let us know what you think.