About a month ago, I found out about an interesting challenge. I am always up for something new, so when I found out that the NYC Metro Mod Quilters were having a Double Wedding Challenge, I was ready! About 90% of the quilt was made with silk fabrics and of course the check fabrics, so I named this quilt....Silks and Checks.
First I crazy pieced all the center sections of the Double Wedding Ring and embellished them. What fun!
Here is a shot of all four of them in various stages of embellishment. I didn't a get picture of all the melon shapes that I pieced but I'll just say that sewing curved pieces that are not only checked, so you have to get them straight but also using silk was a HUGE challenge. It's no wonder that usually a Double Wedding Quilt is made out of cottons.
I then decided to hand quilt it. Another challenge was ahead! I had crazy pieced the centers onto muslin, so there was alot of thicknesses to go through!
I had a little thread scare too...I decided to use Kreinik #4 braid for all the quilting. It really added alot of sparkle to the quilt. The scare was this...the above picture shows all the thread I had left when I was done! Yikes!
A few closeups of each of the individual centers of the Double Wedding Ring centers.
I love doing bullion roses..
I also love to tat small pieces to embellish with...
All in all, I am very pleased with the result and the challenge was a blast!
I decided to bind the quilt with some more silk. I had a roll of this Hanah Silk Ribbon and it is cut on the bias so it was the perfect candidate for binding. It went on beautifully and when I folded it in half the green didn't show!
Silks and Checks by Valerie Bothell, 2013
Thank you NYC Metro Mod Quilters for issuing such a fun challenge!
Talk to you soon,