Friday, April 8, 2011

Quilt it.

So I've been thinking about dabbling in quilting. Well, I guess I've done more than think about it since I bought the fabric.

V&A fabric for quilt

When I saw this special edition fabric from the V&A museum, I knew I had to make a quilt out of it. (And for someone that does not quilt, that's a strong reaction.) The fabric was made to commemorate the exhibit called Quilts 1700 - 2010. All 18 printed cottons feature designs from the V&A quilt collection. Most of the designs are dated from the late 1700s/early 1800s. The V&A collaborated with Liberty (shocker, I know!) to reproduce these prints. The only bad thing was that I couldn't see this exhibit in person. But sewing this quilt will be the next best thing.

Fabric label

The V&A is hands down my favorite museum in London. When I lived there, I would spend countless hours looking at their costumes and textile archives. So it only seems fitting to create a quilt that reminds me of that time.

Me at the V&A back in 2008

Now the question is what kind of quilt? A string one?

another string quilt
string quilt blocks
Or a starburst one?

munki starburst quilt

starburst block

Or straightforward patchwork one?

baby wonderland III

Tell me your preference in the comments.

33 comments:

Andi said...

I love the V&A. I dragged my friend there but sadly the textiles section is being renovated so it was closed. =(

I think that the star burst or patchwork style would be best for your fabric because it shows off the individual patterns better. The fabric is gorgeous so that should be the focus.

Chancy said...

I vote for string or starburst. I hope you love quilting!

melanie said...

What Andi said! love the starburst.

sula said...

Patchwork, all the way, to showcase your stunning fabrics! Plus if it were me I would guess that cutting and sewing a bunch of squares had the highest chance for completion and me being happy with it. :) But that's just me and my quilting non-skills.

What a delight, no matter what you choose! Thanks for sharing these.

Melissa said...

Oh, I'm *enamored* of the seaweed print!

I vote starburst; I think it would showcase the prints wonderfully.

Carolyn said...

Welcome to the darkside :)
I'm trying to decide how I want to vote. I think that if you really want the fabric to be the centerpiece of your quilt you might want to go for a simple patchwork (otherwise the prints may get too cut up in the other quilts). A patchwork is also probably a great pattern for a first quilt.
I can't wait to see what you make!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Oh I love this post. You dabbling in quilting, awesome as is that fabric. Thanks for posting about this special V&A line, I wasn't aware of it (I feel like I have been under a rock or something). Off to investigate further...

Adam and Bri said...

these are gorgeous!

i kind of totally love the starburst or patchwork ones.

Maryse said...

My favorites are the first and last! That seems like so much work but it will be so worth it! Enjoy!

Meg said...

It's interesting how modern those prints look. I've been thinking for a long time about a patchwork quilt, myself. I guess it depends on how fast you want to be done!

inspiredcyclist said...

LOVE the starburst! Can't wait to see updates!
And I visited London last spring, only for a few days, but really, really enjoyed it!

Jen said...

Such great prints for your first quilt! While the string and starburst will look great, something with larger pieces will showcase each print a little better. You might also look at simple log cabins squares, kind of a mesh between the string and the simple patchwork. My only caution about the starburst, is that I think she has some issues with bulkiness in the centers where all the points match up that was a bit challenging to quilt (but I also know she talked about what she did to help you through it). The good thing is that no matter what you decide to do, its going to look great with those fabrics! Good luck and have fun!! - Disentangled

Lisa said...

I have only been brave enough to attempt patchwork thus far and haven't completely mastered that. So I would say first quilt definitely go with that. Plus it will really show off the fabric.

annzy said...

I am going to say go with the string quilt because it is the most forgiving pattern when it comes to hitting precision ~which is tricky your first 2 or 3 times or 20 if you are lazy like me. Whatever you choose to do I hope I can be part of it.

Nicola said...

Sweet idea!

I like the starburst, but if you really want to showcase your fabrics then the normal patchwork one... maybe? I don't know what I'm on about, I'm not a quilter, but I know whatever you choose will look amazing!

Sue said...

Oh, I'm sure which ever one you choose will be magnificent, but I've been into the stars lately, so therefore really like the starburst pattern.

CelticCastOn said...

ummmm its going to look great in any pattern but I am partial to that string quilt.

KnitPastis said...

I am partial to the straightforward patch quilt only because I like simplicity:) The colors of fabric you chose are so beautiful and vibrant! Happy colors! I made a lap quilt long ago and made it with the straighforward patch. That was the last quilt I made like that. After that I made one's that didn't require me to do patch work. Made about nine for Christmas presents. I like your happy color selection!

ali said...

you are officially ensconced into the crafting world my dear. Welcome. consider yourself a "gonner."

I like the starburst one best, and I'm totally loving the fabric. What beautiful prints!

Renae @ theredwren said...

I personally prefer plain patchwork to show off the fabrics, unless you're planning to break them up with some solids.

That's my two cents! What great fabrics you've chosen :)

Windybrook Spinner said...

I like the string design best, but it looks like so much work! Beautiful fabrics. I always find out about the greatest stuff from you.

Claudia said...

Patchwork! I think it looks so beautiful and you can see the fabric better!

Oh I'm inspired! I want to make one too! But, I know nothing about quilting..

Patience Meliora Blythe said...

I vote for string or a log-cabin, like another voter wrote above! I also love patchwork....what you could do if you wanted to go patchwork, is you could so some smaller squares and then some larger, and give it an interesting asymmetrical feel. Do you have "Start Quilting with Alex Anderson"? It is a great book with wonderful patterns to show off fabrics that are simple for early quilters.....have so much fun! I LOVE making quilts...

Zannah said...

I especially love the string option. So excited to see whatever the end product is!

Things to Do said...

I'm torn between the starburst and the patchwork. I think the patch would show the fabrics in more detail, but the starburst is just so interesting! Good luck.

caknitter said...

So many beautiful quilts!
Your prints are awesome. Looking forward to seeing your colorful creation. :-)

Yaya said...

Starburst or patchwork!

Jacey said...

First of all, enabler!! I have never seen these prints, and so now I'm pretty sure I'll have to get some! So thanks. :)

Hmm, I have to agree that the best way to showcase such beautiful prints would probably be the starburst or simple patchwork patterns. I'm so excited you're going to give it a try! I know you will master quilting with incredible style!

Nantucket Dreams said...

Well I like the starburst...but with fabric that vibrant and pretty you can't go wrong! I love them all...and what a great way to commerate the memories you have of living in england!

knitseashore said...

You lucky girl! I've always wanted to visit the V&A. I like the string quilt, but I think that the patchwork quilt will show off your fabrics best. Also, as a first quilter, that looks a lot easier and more satisfying to make up quickly. You might want to wait on the others til you've had more practice.

Jessica C.--The Happy and Healthy Blog said...

I would probably do the patchwork one, because it looks the easiest :) But I think that you should do the string one. The color just pops! What beautiful fabric you've found for it!

Stacy said...

Yay for quilting! I'd go with patchwork or string. Have fun!!

Shannon said...

Patchwork, I think. It will show off the fabrics beautifully. Of course I'm not a very experienced quilter so it seems the most practical to me.