The Christmas Crazies really can get you down, so today I'm planning to chill out again and get back to finishing my Winter Wonderland quilt.
But before I sneak off to the machine, I wanted to share this new project with you:
The SUPER QUICK WHOLECLOTH!
Don't shrink away in fear and terror. "Wholecloth" is actually NOT synonymous with "super hard, psycho quilt" and even though most quilters never attempt a wholecloth in their whole quilting lifetime, I'm on a mission to change that.
You see, while working on my first Super Quick Quilt, I realized that I could have saved a huge amount of time on the piecing part of that quilt.
The piecing and cutting really did take the best part of a whole day. If you were really on a time crunch, you might not have a whole day to devote just to getting the top together.
So that's where a wholecloth is so wonderful!
Instead of piecing 50+ different seams to get the top together, what if you could instead piece just 1 super long seam???
Or even better, NO SEAMS AT ALL. What if you could literally wash, square your fabric, then baste your quilt?
Sound too good to be true?
I'm feeling a bit like the little devil on your shoulder whispering evil thoughts into your mind.
"Wholecloth is fun...wholecloth is easy...."
Ha! But I know the next biggest reservation most quilters will come up with:
What about the quilting design?!
Wholecloths are typically a white monstrosity of elaborate quilting designs and puffy trapunto motifs. How in the world could quilting something like that be Super Quick?
Here's where the fun begins!
Instead of picking a plain, boring, WHITE wholecloth fabric (*yawn*), instead pick the biggest, boldest, wildest fabric print you've ever seen!
Here's what I picked up yesterday while fabric shopping:
The best part about this quilting method is that the focus is on the fabric.
I really love this big Michael Miller print. If I cut it all up, chances are I'd lose a lot of the impact of the fabric design.
By leaving it all in one piece, the focus is kept on the fabric!
If you have fabric in your sash that's just too pretty to cut, consider making a wholecloth out of it.
Here are some more photos of fabrics from my stash I've been resistant to cut. Some of them have literally been in my stash for 3 years or longer!
I hope this inspires you to look at wholecloth quilts in a slightly different way, and maybe even try one in 2010!
Let's go quilt!