Thursday, September 17, 2009

Scrap Quilting

By: Kajsa Sabatke, Interpretive Projects Coordinator
I’ve taken a break from the More family sampler to help out with some other textile projects. In the process I’ve re-learned how to sew in a straight line and grown to appreciate just how much work goes into any hand-sewn project (particularly a quilt). Several people on the interpretive staff are working together to make a log-cabin-patterned quilt. The quilt will be made up of seven sets of squares; each square is predominantly one color and we are making seven squares of each color. This is called scrap quilting because we use scraps of fabric that are left over from making clothing and other items. After Gwen gave me a brief introduction to the project, I began cautiously sewing together the rectangular pieces of fabric and slowly pieced together a completed square. I have gradually increased in speed and skill, and after a couple of weeks I could even continue to sew in a straight line while conversing with visitors as they watched me sew. Once we complete all 49 squares, we will sew them all together into a quilt that we’ll use on one of the beds in the historic village.


Anonymous said...

i notice the materials used in the sample are modern materials... Will the quilts that are made for the beds be made from more vintage looking materials? As a quilted i would like to be more involved by making some squares... etc... i just had surgery and doing some simple hand sewing would be good.
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Jo Ellen Maring said...

There are hundreds of varieties of reproduction fabrics available that you may want to consider also for some future projects. Congratulations on your first quilt and enjoy every moment...before you know it you'll be finished! Keep up the good work! Jo Ellen Maring, Blackberry Hill Quilts, West Winfield, ny

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