Corb quilt

Merry Christmas! Now I can finally talk about my main project for the past few months, because the paper has been torn off and the gift given.

In November my dad turned 70 (!) and so I decided to make him the most epic Christmas-birthday combo gift ever (at least, as epic as my mum’s Girasole).

My dad, like my mum, was an architect. But whereas my mum prefers Art-and-Crafts styles, colour and patterns, my dad was always interested in things like Mannerism and Modernism. There’s a print of a painting by Le Corbusier that has hung in his study for as long as I can remember (it’s called The Red Violin and there’s a pic of it here).

I started to do some research into the rules of proportion developed by Corb in his Modulor (as in, I asked my friend Laurence who knows everything about architecture) and decided to make a quilt following the Modulor system (or – as far as I could do within the constraints of easy quilting; i.e whole numbers!). Here’s the final result:

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It needs a bit more quilting within the blocks; but for now this is enough. I see myself doing a little bit more each time I visit my dad.

Here’s the Modulor Man, in Corb’s system and in my quilt:

Le Corbusier Modulor

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Choosing the colours was a disaster – I bought a full set of 5 colours of Kona cotton (paprika, ash, eggplant, seafoam, herb) at the Village Haberdashery months and months ago, but they never really seemed to work together. With time getting tight, I finally decided in early November just to start from scratch with the colours, and bought the colour ways you see in the quilt. I am so glad I did. The banding and borders are in organic chambray from Ray-Stitch. The backing is an old bedsheet which I dyed terracotta.

A lot of drawing, maths, photoshop and fun with paper and scissors went into designing the quilt. But having done all the working out up front (right down to most efficient cutting layouts!), the piecing was dream. I pieced the blocks over the course of two evenings; joined them with the banding and borders on a Saturday and quilted to the wadding and backing on Sunday, plus machined in the front side of the binding. The next week I spent most evenings curled up in bed under the quilt, watching Detectorists and hand sewing in all 7.5 metres of the binding on the back, with help from my glamorous assistant.

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I am so happy with this quilt! It turned out exactly as I hoped.

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Once upon a unicorn

So I mentioned in my last post both that I have a serious Heather Ross fabric obsession, and that I had made my beautiful new cousin a quilt!

I actually made this in April but have had to wait to blog it until it was the gift was given.

Here’s the quilt:

heather ross quilt
The backing is some brushed cotton from Japan that was sent to me in error, and the seller told me to keep it when she sent the right stuff. It’s gorgeous and soft and the perfect colour.

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And here’s the cousin getting to grips with it:

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It didn’t quite take all of 2014 to make this, but it was close. And secretly I finished the edgings on the 2nd of January 2015. So in total it was about 10 months in the making. At certain stages I thought it would take my whole life, so 10 months isn’t bad.

This is my first quilt and I chose the chevron quilt pattern from the Liberty Book of Simple Sewing because it’s beautiful, comparatively simple, and not too fussy.

The fabrics are from John Lewis, from the vintage-inspired line designed by Hemingway Design.

I pieced it by machine in the springtime, and did the quilting by hand over my Christmas holiday, sat on the carpet in the sitting room wearing a sloth onesie to keep warm and for the most part not using any exciting tools after an unsuccessful start using a quilting hoop.

What can I say? I love it. But I’m not sure how to stop my grubby cat from sleeping on it.