"A Nod To Mod"

Another finish!

I made the top last year as part of my 100% upcycled series - which I am trying to do every year. The "series" involves making (finishing) 5-10 quilts each year from all upcycled materials. That means that the fabrics involved in making this quilt used to be duvet covers, sheets, curtains, shirts, blouses, dresses, etc.  The batting and thread is not upcycled.

The variations in shades is because that is how the duvet cover was even though it isn't how I would have preferred it to be. It does provide a point of interest.

The variations in shades is because that is how the duvet cover was even though it isn't how I would have preferred it to be. It does provide a point of interest.

I named it "A Nod to Mod" for several reasons including the following:

1. I used all solids - many of the modern quilters use solids with lots of empty space - I used a gray-ish background.

2. I used pretty closely spaced straight line quilting

3. I used an unpredictable layout.

But it was only a "nod" to modern because after all, it is the basic rail fence block, made with several different sizes of squares - and I can't think of a less "modern" block than the rail fence block

The pattern is here. (It's been there, but I've updated the picture.)

Here are some more pictures for your viewing pleasure.

 

Sometimes close ups are nice. Of course, close ups also show every single wobble. But here it is!

 

 

 

This one shows you a little closer some of that 'other color' of the background fabric. I consider that a badge of honor - as the whole backing is from the same duvet cover, but these pieces obviously are slightly different from the rest of it. It's just how it is. It's part of the uniqueness that results from using second-hand items in making these.

This is the backing. Pieced from three different fabrics -all upcycleds.

This is the backing. Pieced from three different fabrics -all upcycleds.

 
Quilting it on my Janome 8900.

Quilting it on my Janome 8900.

And there you go!  Another one done.  I described the quilting as "unevenly spaced, almost straight lines".  But I did it myself! It took many, many hours. This type of quilting, while not particularly difficult, esp. if you allow yourself leeway with the fact that it isn't going to be perfect, seems to take forever! 

And I don't quilt as closely as a more modern quilter would.