Tuesday, November 4, 2014

My Quip – Our Equality Quilt – Quilting Update and Progress

Good Day,

Today is Voting Day, November 4th in the year of 2014. And we are continuing to work on our new Equality quilt.

Our Equality quilt top measures about 88” (223.5 cms) square.

It is composed of 81 blocks created from four Robert Kaufman Kona Solid Cotton fabrics.

The quilting of our Equality quilt is a function of stencils, thread, and starts and stops. And for you quilting neophytes that basically means that there is a mind-set and competition requirement that all threads, from each starting point to each ending point, has to be buried and not visible or tripped upon by some deft judge’s fingers and touch. (Not deaf… deft. And that is not the past tense of “could not hear”.)

With permission of the Keith Haring Foundation I have created an adaptation of one of Keith’s graphics that Andy and I are using to form a quilting pattern. I drew the graphic design on a clear piece of acetate.

I then cut a stencil which we used to Pounce chalk dust on to the fabric. This produced our pattern which Andy then used a domestic machine to free-hand quilt along the dotted chalk lines.

Each one of the 81 blocks has a total individual count of 80 starts and stops.

In discussion with Siri, s/he cogitated a total number of 6,480 starts and stops that need to be buried. And this process takes one hell of a lot of time.

We have created a stencil, again inspired by the works of Keith Haring which we will use for the quilting of the border.

I think our final product, Equality, will be an amazing step in our experience in this world of quilting and fabric art.

If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas, and comments please feel free to email Andy or me at Quilts SB. Also please note that our Quilts SB new URL address is http://www.quiltssb.com.


Jim and Andy
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