As I promised, I want to tell you about my September PIGS (Projects in Grocery Sacks) finish.
I chose to work on this PIG because of its size, the amount of room it HOGGED in my sewing space. It’s an extra-large quilt and was already sandwiched with batting and the pieced back so it was quite a large bundle. My sewing space is quite limited so I’m trying to think how I can cut down on the amount of space I need. I’ll probably do several of the larger PIGS in the next few months just so I can get rid of a box or maybe even two.
This quilt is a floor quilt – meant to be placed on the floor and (gasp) walked on.
In my blog a few weeks ago, I told you a little more about my thought processes when I’m designing floor quilts. This one meets all the conditions. It’s not fancy. It has big pieces so was quick to construct. It has darker colors so the dirt that is inevitable won’t show as much. It’s 100% cotton so it’s washable (although because of its size, I’ll have to use an extra-large commercial machine). And it’s heavily quilted.
I know the idea of floor quilts is a little unusual but I’ve been making them for years. I remember in the ’80s when a friend came to my house for the first time. She walked in, picked the floor quilt up off the floor and put it on the coffee table. I still smile when I think about that.
The front of the quilt is adapted from an idea on Moda’s website. The fabrics are just whatever I found in the right colors in my Fabric Inventory. (Fabric Inventory sounds better than Stash). The batting is Warm & Natural by The Warm Company.
The back is pieced and oh, so wonderful. It’s so fun to study a complex pieced quilt back. There are so many things to see.
I started my concentrated effort to finish this PIG the second week in September. I worked on it for several days and then fabric arrived for a work project. I put the PIG to one side and in the last few weeks, I’ve made two baby-size quilt tops and two bed-size quilt tops. All four were color options for upcoming issues of McCall’s Quilting or McCall’s Quick Quilts. But I finished the last of those projects and got to focus on sewing things for myself the last few days.
I have just a few more things to tell you about The Floor Quilt. (Is that really going to be its name?) Because of the heavy quilting, it’s a little smaller than it was as a quilt top. It’s nearly square at 103” x 106”. A few of the sections are free-motion quilted but I quilted most of it with straight line, feed-dog-driven quilting. The quilting lines are about 3/8” apart in the center of the quilt and ¼” apart on the borders. With all that quilting, I used lots and lots of thread. I did not purchase any new thread; I used what I had in my huge stash of thread. (Or is that my Thread Inventory?) I started with a light ivory thread and when that spool was gone, I chose another spool that was similar in color. I used both cotton and polyester threads. Each time I finished a spool of thread I started on another that was close to the color of the one I just used. The last thread I used on the piano key borders is a tarnished gold color.
Here are two webinars that have information that will help if you choose to do a floor quilt. For machine binding that fits right and lays nice and flat, see Jenny Kay Parks’ Machine Quilt Binding on-demand webinar. And for information on how to resize blocks so you can make any quilt pattern fit the size your floor space requires, check out Debra Finan’s on-demand webinar, How to Resize Quilt Block Patterns.
Now, I’m just anxious to go home and see what PIG I will start on next. I’ve already started and finished my October PIGS project and talked about it in my blog.
Do be watching for my blog next week. I’ll have some photos from Quilt Market in Houston to share with you.
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