Friday, August 20, 2010

The Million Dollar Jacket

On our spring trip, we went out to eat one night in Elkins, WV. Across the street was the Elkins Sewing Center. Ray saw a quilted jacket in the window before I did and we both decided that we needed to stop and get a closer look the next morning when the shop was open. I ended up buying the pattern and fabric - a LOT of fabric. Later I bought MORE fabric when I understood what "base fabric" meant in the pattern. Then I spent HOURS cutting and sewing. I have made 6 mini-quilts. Each was pieced and machine quilted. There are about 1175 pieces of fabric in these six mini-quilts! I have MANY hours in this project. One of my friends has dubbed it as the Million Dollar Jacket - my time must be worth a lot!

I'm not done - I still have to make the jacket! Here are the mini-quilts:

One side of the front:

This is quilted in a double x pattern on the four patches. The plain blue squares are 2" squares.

The other side of the front:

The quilting mirrors the drunkard's path. Each square has a side of 4".

One sleeve:

This brick piece is quilted with straight lines about 1/4" from each seam. Each brick is 1 1/2" wide.

The other sleeve:

The rails are quilted with with x's. Each square of 3 fabrics is 3" square.

The hood:

The tiny bricks are 1" wide and quilted about 3/8" from each seam.

And the back - it will be hard to cut this one!

I quilted each windmill in a square spiral. The square outside of the windmill (light blue below) is quilted in lines radiating outward. Each block (the windmill with the blue below) is 11 1/2".

All of the fabrics are batiks. The batting is a nice weight flannel. 

One of these days I might have a jacket!

1 comment:

  1. I can't wait to see the finished product with all the different patterns put together.



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