I’ve been so anxious to share this quilt with you! I’ve been working on it since the first of the year. I couldn’t post a blog because it was a gift and the recipient looks at my website. I didn’t want to ruin the surprise!
This is a custom designed, truly one of a kind creation. The gal I made this quilt for is a huge fan of the TV series “Friends”. In celebration of the show’s 25th Anniversary JoAnn Fabrics came out with several Friends themed fabrics.
Because I didn’t have a lot of time to spend on piecing I started out with standard blocks (8”f) of each of the 4 fabrics. I pulled colors from them for the solid sashings. I laid out all the blocks and sashing strips on my bed so I could see the way it would look. The blocks were placed randomly. I tried to get the feel of an old style film reel using the solid sashing strips and decided to arrange them so a diagonal color pattern emerged. I decided to make all the horizontal sashings the same color. I found a fun city scape fabric for the border.
The real fun came with planning the quilting. I decided to scroll each character’s name and the name of the show onto the quilt. I drew several styles of coffee and tea cups and pots and a cab. One of the teapots is a replica of my favorite teapot in my home. I had a lot of fun drawing the images. I’m not the best artist by far, but I can get it done.
In preparing for quilting I drew all the names and images on strips of freezer paper in the proper size. I then sewed through the freezer paper with a size 16 needle (no thread) and a short stitch length to create templates. I prepared my quilt sandwich and then used my stencils and a chalk pad to swipe chalk through all the holes in the stencils, transferring the image to the quilt top. I reinforced the lines with a chalk pencil. I put the quilt on my longarm and quilted it. I used curved and straight rulers to help with accuracy.
I chose a midnight blue shade of cotton for the binding. It brightened all the shades of blue in the city scape border. The backing fabric is a vintage coffee print. I added a custom tag- this is an important quilt to document!
Yesterday I gave it to Alyssa- she was so excited, and had fun exploring all the quilting. Please enjoy the pictures below- this is an incredibly special quilt!