Monday, August 11, 2008
The manhole cover quilt
Doesn't really look much like a manhole, does it... But perhaps you can see the inspiration (see yesterday's post, if you're lost here!) anyway. I originally thought about doing the little wedges all around, the way they were in the manhole itself, but I didn't really like the complete symmetry (I have a tendency toward symmetry, which I am trying to keep under control, at least from time to time) so I went off centre and made the wedges a bit odd sized. And then added a whole slew of little circles. The intent is to quilt it, then add loads of embellishments - buttons, circular shells, french knots, sequins, what have you - not sure quite how it will work - I know the little circles will be embellished but otherwise, well - it will tell me what it wants.
Here it is after the quilting was begun - I did the purple wedges in a kind of flame thing and am filling the green with circles upon circles in variegated green. Not sure what I will do with the purple outer borders yet - the finished size of the quilt will be a bit smaller than this - I have left myself a little extra room for shrinkage and in case I decide to cut the final piece off centre (playing with that idea now) and well, just because. again, I will wait until it tells me what it wants.
So...I feel like I got a lot accomplished today (though it was only an hour or so this morning - I actually cut the shapes out last night - one advantage to DH being away is that if I happen to get inspired at 11 at night, I can do a little work then...) - hopefully tomorrow I will get a bit more done. Though I should also sort that September bag - too many things to do, too little time!
Most of today was spent up in town doing stuff, including a quick visit to the bead shop in Covent Garden where I got some goodies, very few of which are actually beads...