i’m trying to come up with a design. i just got my quilter’s sateen from dharma trading, and it’s a beautiful fabric. i have enough to do the back and some of the details on the front with sateen, which of course i am going to dye something beautiful, probably using scrunch dyeing.
i sat around for awhile and played with the scraps i’d already cut up. because i got a wild hair when i was collecting materials, i ended up cutting about a dozen baby clothes into strips – one strip went right across the top of the outfit from one sleeve to the other, and the other strip was a leg. i messed around, pinning one sleeve to another with all the tops facing one way, so that the cut edge would theoretically be even when i sewed them together. it looks funky.
then i put the legs together and pinned them into a long strip of leg and feet. it also looks funky.
but both of these ideas would work as borders.
then i’ve got three baby blankets of different fabrics. i can cut these into strips also and sew them together for a bargello kind of effect.
what i’m getting at is that i have two candidates for the face of the quilt – the arms and legs, and the baby blankets. i’m not certain i won’t end up using both kinds of fabrics for a highly textured background.
it’s going to be a sew-as-you-go strip patchwork. if i cut and strip it enough times, it will have small squares that blend together at a distance. and then i can sew the whole baby clothing onto it as applique. i guess i’ll start by cutting and stripping the baby blankets. then before i go too far in cutting and stripping, maybe i’ll see if i can use the arms and legs into the mix, or will it look better if it goes on as a border. maybe even elegantized by judicious use (since when am i judicious?) of the sateen.
the thing will be riddled with snaps. i cut out many of the rows of snaps when i dismembered the clothes, and i can easily strip them either separately or in with the background stripping. for the mental wellbeing of the mother to be, i will not be using any buttons or anything else that can come off. but i will be playing games with pockets and snaps, because i can. if the quilt is used as the kid gets older, they’ll have great fun snapping and unsnapping various parts of the quilt.
but at this point i have no idea, still, what the design will be. will i try to use all four of the kid pajamas and make them interact, or will i just use one? i thought of making it look like an adams family baby outfit, but decided that would freak mom out too much. i thought of appliqueing an outfit right below where it would come when actually tucked around a baby, but i thought that might be a bit creepy. if it wasn’t creepy, i might consider putting four outfits down so that no matter which way you turned the quilt it would still look like a kid cutout. but we’ll see.