Thursday, June 21, 2012

Design Wall Today

This is one of the projects I am working on right now.
I'm taking these Crown Royal Bags and turning them into quilt blocks.

I had a special request for a 108x108 quilt commissioned from these bags and denim.  If you have not seen or felt one of these bags, they are made from flannel.
Here's what I came up with--it will be like a trip around the world with alternating purple and denim blocks.  Each row of denim will alternate light and dark.
How do you like the finished quilt?  Yup, I like my grid paper and my old fashioned #2 pencil.  Nope, I don't have a computerized design program.
I figured out how to break down the bags to get the maximum amount of usable fabric.

First, I carefully cut a slit in the drawstring pocket channel and extract the gold cord then slice off the pocket.
Slice off the serged edges:
I squared up the front with the name at 4 inches wide (the maximum I could get above the curve), pieced on the back below the name to make a strip long enough to center the embroidered name.  The side portion yielded exactly two 9.5" long pieces so that was the length I trimmed the center strip--ending up with a center strip 4 x 9.5. Then, I attached the bag side strips to the outer edges of the block making it a finished 7.5 x 9.5.

I had just enough gold drawstring cord to frame the block 3/4 inch in from the edge. I just used a zig zag stitch to attach the braid. When they are assembled, there will be a nice gold frame 1/2 inch from the seam on the blocks. 
I like it!

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Oh, one more thing . . . I have a whole herd of elk on my quilting frame this morning . . .

6 comments:

Diane E W said...

Hate to say it, but back in the day, my husband had enough of these purple bags to make many, many quilts. Love the design you can up with.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

You design just like I do. I always make sure I have a really good eraser on hand, too. Map pencils are great, if I need to see colors.

krisgray said...

Cute design!! Yours is the 3rd Crown Royal project I've heard of. My mom was hired to make a cape and a friend made a quilt and matching curtains.

Anonymous said...

Wow I can not believe it...I started to make that my first project in my quilting career, had all bags cut and the material I was going to use around it. Sad to say that was about 5 years ago everything still in the closet. Did a lot of drinking for that quilt. Love Love Love yours...I am re-inspired. Thank you!!!

Marjorie said...

Crown bags are notorious for bleeding purple. Did you pre-wash or just going to tell the new owner to never, never get it wet?

Anonymous said...

Love it! Would love to see the finished product!

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