Most things in the quilt industry seem to be on a quick deadline and quilt market is no different. A week before market, with just a little bit of fabric, I made a quilt for my booth. Can you believe that up to that point, I didn’t have a single quilt for the booth? A lot of clothes and accessories, but no quilt! That seems almost sacrilegious to me! Anyways, I decided that I would make this quilt:
I prefer to call this the “Quilt it up, cut it up” quilt because calling it reverse appliqué seems way too fancy. The main reason I went with this technique is that it has very little piecing. With less than a week before I left for market, I knew I wouldn’t have time for anything more complex.
To make the quilt, I pieced a quilt top using a large rectangle of each print in the Drift fabric collection. I loaded it on my quilting machine, just as I would a regular quilt top. They I added a solid piece of dark navy linen on top.
I decided to go with linen for a number of reasons. First the texture of it fit the whole “clamping on the beach” theme that I had going for the booth. I also love the way the linen looks when it’s washed…..it’s crinkly goodness! But mostly, I opted for the dark linen because it’s eye-catching. (To me, quilt market is like speed dating, you must have something that catches the eye of the passers-by) Of course, cotton fabric works great as well!
Once the layers were loaded on my machine, I got to the fun part……quilting!!
I decided to quilt designs that are in the fabric collection…..pretty easy since they were inspired by machine quilting! I ended up going with these designs:
I didn’t mark the designs out before-hand, I just roughly, mentally divided the quilt into sections and went for it.
When I was done, it looked like a whole-cloth quilt, I loved it so much that I almost didn’t want to cut into it! (almost, not quite!)
Even though I hated to cut into it, it’s not called the “quilt it up, cut it up” quilt for no reason.
Using sharp scissors, I carefully cut away the top layer of the linen in between the quilting line. I tended to cut about 1/4″ from the quilted line.At this point, all the time that I didn’t spend piecing, I spent cutting. But the great thing was that I was able to do it anywhere. And I did! In line to pick up the kids from school, while watching the Kansas City Chiefs play undefeated football, even when I was supposed to be paying attention to my kids….oops!! After several hours, I was done (for the most part!).
Edited to add: I leave the edges raw, I love how the edges fray after it’s washed.
A few close ups for fun:
All in all, I love how it shows off the prints in the collection and how fun it was to quilt! What do you think? Have you ever made a reverse appliqué quilt?