About a month ago Jeff and I celebrated our 2nd Wedding Anniversary, but that's not stopping me from making Denyse Schmidt's Single Girl Quilt. Sort of. I certainly was inspired by her pattern the first time I saw it. Such a new and cheeky way to reinvent the old double wedding ring pattern.
Imagine my joy when I discovered a whole pile of vintage partially hand pieced wedding quilt pieces. Can you just image all these beautiful prints being highlighted by a white background?
So for a very small investment I bought them all. I sewed four semi circles together to get an idea of the scale of each circle. The full circle measures just about 18''. Up until now, I've only really made household goods or handbags. I normally wash every yard of fabric that enters my craft room. But just recently I learned that if you pre-wash your fabric you won't get a beautifully crinkled quilt. The quilter I bought these vintage pieces from suggested I use a white kona cotton (just learned about that too), appliqué the circles to the cotton, then wash the finished quilt with a cup of vinegar in the wash water. Apparently the vinegar will help suspend any dye that leeches out of the vintage fabric and hopefully stop any color from bleeding onto my white background.
I am thinking of cutting the kona cotton into 20'' squares and sewing the circles onto each block. Should I spend the time and use a hidden stitch to hand appliqué all 20 circles? Or should I pin the circles within an inch of their lives and machine top stitch an 1/8th'' around all edges? I used a mini iron and a spray bottle of water to turn all the edges under. I may go get some starch to make sure the pressed seam stays. Invest my time or be happy with semi- instant gratification?
What would you do?