Do you like to go antique shopping? I love to see what I can find or sometimes just be inspired. No way do I have the knack as some of my friends do. Especially my friend, Melissa. Check out her wares at Megillicutti on FB.
Others too! You know who you are!
In any case, over the Christmas holiday when we all go up to WI for a few days, one of our favorite activities is to go antiquing. This is what I spied at one of the shops.
A quilt made from many different textiles...mostly wools but with lots of different textures. The backing was a lightweight silky type fabric of some sort. It was turned, not bound and tied, not quilted.
I couldn't get that quilt out of my head.
I was anxious to try to work with different textures. I knew I had some upholstery samples and some other old scraps that for some reason I hadn't gotten rid of so I dug them out.
My Textiles Squared quilt.
not exactly my favorite colors...
The tapestry type fabric is a upholstery sample someone gave me (I think), the burnt orange is a brushed corduroy, not sure where the solid blue came from but it some sort of upholstery fabric, as is the blue print, the cream is a heavier weight of linen and the green has a crinkled texture.
I used a light weight flannel as the middle layer and sewed around the edge and turned it right side out. I tied the quilt together at the center of each square using some left over yarn.
The backing is a light weight silky fabric with a pieced strip of gold satin left over from one of the gowns I made my DD1 during her HS years.
I top stitched around the edge to give it a crisper finished edge.
The best part of this 'just have to try it out' project was that it all came from boxes of odds and ends stuff (except for the flannel).
Now that that's done, I can move forward to new projects...
but I may revisit this with some woolens...someday!