Quilt Tales: In The Making

Post it notes spell out the letters needed for the quilt.
Post it notes spell out the letters needed for the quilt.

The Finishing Touches

As we approach the final couple of workshops for Quilt Tales One realisation dawns that this project is drawing to a close and that a final push is needed to complete the quilt on time. There is a final burst of purposeful, furtive activity in the final couple of workshops as group members focus on getting their panels finished to the highest standard possible and an air of camaraderie as those who have already finish move to help their new friends. Talk turns to what next? Are there going to be more projects like this?

Everyone makes letters for the typography that will spell out the name of our quilt, one in a growing number from around London.

Images and adornments made, both individually and collaboratively by the group, are sewn together to form one side of the quilt. On the reverse side the quilt; Tales from our life that we have shared with the group as well as quotes from our shared experience on our quilting journey. The ‘Tales’ text is heat pressed directing onto the fabric amongst illustrations of our time together, drawn by Louise Smith. Here are some photos of the group in action.

Stencilling final details directly onto the quilt.
Stencilling final details directly onto the quilt.
Thirsty Work! Eddie hand sews finishing touches to his theatre memory panel.
Thirsty Work! Eddie hand sews finishing touches to his theatre memory panel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graham helps illustrate Leo's transport memories.
Graham helps illustrate Leo’s transport memories.
Thelma gets to work adorning the lettering for the quilt.
Thelma gets to work adorning the lettering for the quilt.
Durkshan & Thelma deliberating the best way to jazz up the lettering.
Durkshan & Thelma deliberating the best way to jazz up the lettering.
Using heat transfer to print the Quilt Tales directly onto the finished quilt.
Using heat transfer to print the Quilt Tales directly onto the finished quilt.

When the final panels had dried, set, been re-sewn due to beads falling off in transit and dictated tales, transcribed and digitalised and heat pressed, Alex and Lotte get to work. The panels are machine sewn together to create the front and back of the quilt and then individual panels are hand quilted to attach the front to the back and lastly edged to being the whole article together.

Lotte trying to fit 3metres of fabric through a sewing machine!
Lotte trying to fit 3metres of fabric through a sewing machine!

And it is very nearly finished …. 3.10 metres of life histories. A proud moment for all who have been involved. Congratulations everyone a celebration  is needed!

 

 

Alex McEwan

Author: Alex McEwan

Alex is an artist who specialises in inclusive and accessible community arts projects, such as Sense's TEXTtile and Quilt Tales.

1 thought on “Quilt Tales: In The Making”

  1. Wow! What a quilt and what a project, hard work from everyone involved and so worth the effort. Our plan for accessible quilting throughout London continues. Everyone has a story to tell, why not quilt it!

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