Memorabilia Quilt Part 2

Posted by Anita on 9 December 2016 | 0 Comments

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If you missed part one of this Memorabilia Quilt post, please check back to Memorabilia Part One.

Finishing this quilt has turned into a bit of a challenge. I have been thinking about the quilting. Ultimately, my decision is, this is a wall hanging and it's about the memories the items bring to mind. It is not about the quilting. The quilting merely holds the layers together. So for this, I quilted in the ditch around most of the items. I also quilted rather minimally and only through the polyester batting.

Memorabilia Quilt - quilting through the batting

One of the reasons that I chose to keep the quilting to a minimum is the background fabric is rather busy and I think a lot of quilting will distract from the beauty of the fabric.

Memorabilia Quilt close upThe other big decision I had to make was how to finish the edges, binding, facing, color of binding. I thought of black binding as the fabric had a number of color shifts. I found it was too bold, it drew attention away from the important parts of the design. As a general rule I try use a binding fabric that is no darker than the darkest fabric and no lighter than the lightest fabric because it takes the focus away from the central objects.

Finally, I decided on the batik fabric. The colors blend, but are different enough to make a statement. The edge beading I chose to use works well with the fabric, it adds a bit of sparkle repeating some of the sparkle from some of the objects.

Memorabilia quilt by Anita Eaton

The quilt is almost complete. I need to attach hangers, and a label. But first it needs a name. Now that is always a challenge. Sometimes a quilt sort of names itself, but not this one. So far the only name that comes to mind is Travels and Treasures. Suggestions for a name would be welcomed - please leave me a message below in the comments.

If you'd like to make a Memorabilia Quilt and don't know where to start nor how to go about making it or what to include, you might find Anita's online workshop just what you need. She will help you and guide you through the process so you can create the perfect memory quilt yourself. You can find out more about her class here... Celebrations.  For the convenience of those who don't need the one-to-one guidance she gives in her workshop, Anita has made this class available as a pdf e-book. You can now purchase this book here: Anita's Celebrations E-book 

quilting classes available at the Academy of Quilting


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