Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Asian Flare for Sunbonnet Sue

As you can see, I chose to leave the main body of the quilt as is. It works well you sit it over a couch or chair and I liked that. the border is a dark blue Asian print fabric I picked up over 5 years ago in Phoenix. I am not really sure what it is, acetate, polyester. but it has a very smooth satiny feel to it and then embroidered into the cloth are birds and other scenes.

I can tell you it was difficult to cut and sew because it frayed so much, so instead of using a rotary cutter, I used old fashioned scissors and it seemed to work better.

Since I don't have a serger, I sewed a straight seam down the edges and then a zigzag style stitch over it and then came in 1/4" from that seam to sew the one I wanted it. Cut the seam when I was done and stitched over the top of the raw seams. It seemed to stop the fraying!

The back is the same type of fabric but it has a black background and all these wonderful rich colors for pagoda's, flowers, trees, it just reminds me of the Japanese tea garden in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco I visited as a child.

I had over a yard of this fabric, but this quilt was 28" x 32 1/2" finished, so I used what I needed and then tossed the rest out. I know, I hear you all screaming, but it was just a mess. I am just hoping the way I sewed all the seams and ends that this quilt will hold up to wear and tear.

Then again, it won't in a house of animals or kids!


Kim-A Creative Spirit said...

I love the print on the back. BEAUTIFUL. The whole thing is really but I am lovin on the back fabric.

Quiltingranny said...

It is really pretty in person. I just couldn't throw the entire yard away!