Sunday, February 13, 2011

Radiator Quilt

I had my annual check-up on Tuesday of last week. I took my sketchbook with me to the appointment and drew this sketch in the waiting room.

The waiting room has a whole wall of windows with a hot water base board radiator running underneath the windows. I just liked the lines, the juxtaposition of horizontal and vertical (opposites of a sort), so I just quickly drew the lines.

Later that same day I was in another waiting room. This time the dentist office waiting while my son got his teeth cleaned. I drew this sketch and didn't even finish it. This sketch is derived from the first in that I took the little rounded rectangles from the radiator cover and scattered them over the page.

I thought about this sketch for the rest of the week, frustrated because I had no free time to explore it further. Saturday dawned and I found myself with a few free hours. The husband did not go skiing and instead took the boy out to breakfast and then to Science Saturday. Ahhh! I didn't even shower, just took my coffee and went straight to my sewing room.

My plan was to work on my challenge with Stephanie. We are doing the curved piecing exercise this month. So I pulled some solids and started.

I got to here and thought to myself I wonder how this would look if I used the idea from my second radiator sketch. So I got out some freezer paper and drew some rounded rectangles on it.

I cut out the rounded rectangles carefully using an Exacto knife and a ruler. Then I adhered it to my pieced fabric.

This is okay, but I don't get the pieced lines going both vertical and horizontal with this. So I put the cut out rounded rectangles on the pieced fabric.

Yes. Now I can get both horizontal and vertical lines in my rounded rectangles. Then I chose a background fabric - Kona medium gray. I adhered the freezer paper to it and using the starch method, cut out the rounded rectangles and starched back the seam allowances.

I cut out the rounded rectangles from the pieced fabric, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance all around. I left the freezer paper on top so that I could line them up properly in the windows of the gray fabric. Using my machine and gray thread, I sewed the pieced parts to the gray fabric. Here is how it looked before removing the freezer paper.

And then after removing the freezer paper.

I should say that I removed the freezer paper from the gray fabric before sewing the pieced fabrics into the windows.

I quilted pebbles on the gray.

And now I am embellishing the pieced fabrics with hand stitching. I love how this all started with a very rough sketch in the waiting area of the doctor's office!


Mama Pea said...

Lynn, that's really awesome! I love how you adhered the "pictures" in the "windows." Very clever! I think it turned out well. I also love how it all started from a picture of a radiator. Just great.

I worked on my curved piecing today. Much more difficult for me. I think it's turning out okay, though. :-) If I can, I'll show sneak peeks this week. Can't wait to see how you finish this project you're on!

Barb said...

You are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo clever....I just love this and seeing it emerge!

Mary Keasler said...

That is incredible. I love seeing your sketches and watching your process. I am so impressed with your design and use of colors. *****Applause**********