Twist and Turn is finally finished and has been given away.
It was a family gift to my sister and her husband who just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. It is always interesting to make a quilt for someone else, reflecting them in the selection of colour, pattern and stitching. In this case I choose green (her favorite colour) and an overall stitching pattern of tropical leaves (their favorite holiday destinations). The pattern is a basic Rail Fence with pinwheels.
Isn’t that typical of a marraige? Sometimes you coast along in a straight line, sometimes you don’t know up from down, and sometimes you spin in circles.
Since this was a family gift, we really wanted to reflect everyone involved. My other sister to the rescue! She used her commercial digital garment printer (usually used to print images on t-shirts) to scan the dark green fabric and digitally print pinwheels on to a strip of the light fabric I had used on the front. She then digitally added the name of each brother, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, niece and nephew to the spokes. It worked out perfectly – 64 spokes, 64 names. (Note: the process of digital printing projects ink directly into the fabric, which is then heat sealed)
Finally, the label.
A love knot seemed appropriate. While I liked how it turned out, it only contained basic information. It didn’t credit the source of the pattern, the person who designed the pattern, the person who did the longarm quilting or even my sister who made the banner.
There seemed to be so much more to this quilt’s story than could be contained on a label – 65 hours (alright, this might be approximate) of work, 23 meters of fabric, 262,000 stitches (non-scientific count :-)), and 3000 miles of travel in the process of making and giving away the quilt. I remembered a Sewing with Nancy show where she interviewed Sam Hunter from Hunter Design Studio. Sam has written a wonderful article called Sew Worth It which encourages us to educate people on the value of a quilt. She has also created templates that are available as free downloads when making quilts for others. While her templates focus on providing an accurate dollar value of the quilt and that was information I did not want to share, I still liked the concept so I modified the Invoice and created the Birth Certificate of a Quilt. If anyone happens to do scrapbooking pages of the event, it might be something to include.