1) It took me four years to complete it
2) I love the color
3) It’s a technique you don’t see very often!
I hope you enjoy reading about this quilt! Since publishing this post, I did decide to remove the beading and I entered it into a quilt show. It was really fun seeing my work hanging up for everyone to view and people were amazed that it was really woven!
I also was a guest blogger for Quilting Gallery and I wrote: Woven Wonder – a Tutorial? if you are interested in reading more details as to how I completed this project.
I also hope you take some time (I think I’ve become obsessed with looking through the quilts) to see everyone else’s work…there is some Amazing talent out there!
– update 4/19/09
My first step was to dye really long pieces of fabric that I would have quilted together by Barb. I headed over to Diane’s basement, cut long pieces of fabric and dyed away. I had a lot of fun! Barb decided to host Easter at her house that year and she was kind enough to let me try out her long arm quilting machine. Now THAT was a lot of fun! I think I quilted two of my panels together for this quilt. Barb did the rest of them. A year later, I finally pulled the quilted fabric out of the bag and cut strips out of them. I then bound each edge of the strips and started to weave. Once I had it together how I wanted it…trust me, it took quite awhile and a little help from my hubby to have it square…I loosely stitched each intersection together so it would keep it’s shape while I was binding the outer edge. Now that the whole quilt was bound and put together I cute out my loosely stitched intersections and realized that it just wasn’t going to stay together. Every time I pulled it out of the bag I spent an hour re-laying it out smoothly…hmmmm…how could I fix this? I sent it back to Barb and she quilted at each intersection. Doing this helped to keep the quilt in the square shape but kept it’s ‘woven’ quality.I have started to embellish this quilt with beads several times. My latest plan was to embroider it with circles of beads…I’m now thinking I may not even do that. I might just take these beads off as well, and use it as a quilt. This quilt is amazingly warm…it’s two quilts put together…AND it’s reversible…both sides are equally cool!I would love to hear your opinion about whether I should do the beading or not do the beading. In the end, I think it is easier and less time consuming to just suck it up and match my corners!