Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Pillowcase Quilt-Teaching Table for Houston

We all know we're NOT supposed to touch the quilts at Houston or any other show for that matter, but you know me, I like to be different!  In addition to the primary quilts exhibited in the "For The Love of Linens" exhibit this year, I want to have 1-2 "teaching tables" where visitors can see AND touch smaller pieces.  I'm going to call this the "Petting Zoo".  

One of the pieces at the Zoo will be a pillowcase quilt.  Vintage pillowcases are very common and the bottoms of them almost always have beautiful embroidery and lace work.  

In the past I've created three different pillow case quilts and each time I've stuffed the intact pillowcase with Quilters Dream Cotton Request batting and was always challenged on how to finish the frilly ends. The folded sides and top always looked a bit awkward too.
 I finally had one of those "DUH" moments when I realized that I could disassemble the pillowcase and only use the front of it for the quilt.  Layer it like a normal linen wholecloth quilt and then bind it.  Now why didn't I think of this years ago????

So...I cut the pillowcase apart.  I marked my design and then pin basted four layers together...i.e., backing, Hobbs Heirloom wool batting, white Dupioni silk for my underlayment and then the pillowcase on top.
Because this is a long piece I have three rows of overlapping feathers that I am going to quilt in a light blue Superior Threads' 50 wt. Tire Silk and then fill the background with baby clams in their 100 wt. Kimono silk.

The back of this piece is a beautiful dusty blue linen.  I want this piece reversible so I am going to use Superior Threads' 40 wt. white Magnifico thread for the feathers and then the same Kimono silk for the background baby clams.

I am going to be creating some videos for The Quilt Show on how to do a pillowcase quilt.  They are my co-sponsor for the exhibit and these will be shown on their blog as we get closer to the Houston show. 

I will be featuring a few more pieces for the "Petting Zoo" in upcoming blog posts...stay tuned!!!

Hugs, Cindy :)



QuiltShopGal said...

Your quilt exhibit is coming along beautifully. I love your idea for a Petting Zoo. And, I'm absolutely thrilled to know The Quilt Show is a sponsor for this exhibit and you'll be creating a special video for the TQS blog about your pillowcase quilt technique. I'm looking forward to it. I'm saving my pennies and hoping attend Houston, primarily to see you and this exhibit. So looking forward to it.

QuiltShopGal said...

I like the changes you made to your pillowcase quilt. I look forward to seeing it finished and do I ever wish a trip to Houston was in my future. It isn't though!--Terry

JoyceO said...

Love what you are doing with the pillowcases. Super idea! I know that your Houston exhibit will be stunning. Great idea to have a "petting zoo" as touching quilts is always so tempting Oh, to be a fly on the wall during show time. ��

Karen said...

Sitting here reading about the disassembling of the why didn't I think of that!? Amazing how we are so in to the details that we overlook the forrest! So glad you had the "duh" moment so I can move on to my next pillowcase.

Unknown said...

I am over the moon that you will be coming to Houston! You have been such an inspiration to me! I became an "empty nester" about a year ago and wanted to give quilting a try. I learned very quickly that I did not like (nor was I any good at) piecing quilts. I just wanted to get to the actual quilting. Then I saw several pictures of your work on Pinterest...then I found your blog...and I started stalking it, lol! I have watched your Craftsy classes so many times I feel like we are old friends! Thank you again for helping me find my new passion! And I can't wait to visit the "petting zoo"!!