ANATOMY OF A QUILT
Part 2 - Shopping Complete!
|Close up of the 'sky' fabric|
Before the shopping began, it was time to determine what the finished size of this quilt would be. So I measured the 'sky,' and worked from there. I decided on 40 inches of sky, plus one inch of border, two inches of frame and binding - the quilt will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 43 inches wide finished. I'm seeing this as a rectangle, so I'll shoot for 36 inches tall. From there, I made a list of how much yardage I need for the frame/back (the largest piece of fabric I'll need), and rough measurements on all the detail materials.
|All the fabrics laid out|
|Close up of the sands, palm tree trunks, hut and palm frond floss|
After almost two hours in the fabric store, this is what I ended up with. The material in the mountain will also be the frame and the back. I've added fabrics I already owned that seemed to be 'sand,' and a mottled bright orange/yellow I had for the sun. I rarely buy thread on this shopping trip as I have a large collection. It's a matter of getting the fabric home and then seeing what's currently in inventory that will work. It seldom happens that I have every color I'll need, but this is one of those happy occasions!
Now everything goes through a complete laundry cycle (wash and dry). I do this to remove any non-set dyes and to make sure that something won't shrink after the quilt is assembled. All of these fabrics are 100% cotton. Once the laundry is done, then the fun begins!