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.
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 :)