This is the sewing I was trying to finish last month – a quilt but not like any other I’ve made. After months of camera-off Zoom meetings for work, I had some meetings that had to be camera-on and I needed something that would hide my home (and occupants!) from view and could be put away when not in use. So, I bought a photography background stand and made a simple quilt with minimal piecing and minimal quilting to act as a background for these meetings.
The four coloured blocks are the logos and colours of the four research groups of my work and have been positioned to one side of the quilt allowing me to sit on the other side. The white shapes were fused to the coloured squares and then machine appliqued using zigzag. The horizontal quilting to the top and bottom of each block is in the same colour as each block (though this does not show clearly on the photos) and the rest of the quilting is in a neutral colour matching the main fabric of the quilt.
Below the blocks I quilted words associated with these times which explain why the quilt was made, (these will be out of camera shot during meetings).
The binding and hanging sleeve were made out of the same fabric as the backing so I can use the back of the quilt if I need an “unbranded” background. Hanging the quilt was a bit of a challenge as it needed more clips than supplied and the design of the supporting bar meant a single hanging sleeve would not be suitable. However, splitting the hanging sleeve into two and leaving a gap in the middle allows the quilt to be hung from the T-bar.
My other sewing this month has also been Covid-related – more masks. These are made using the pattern from Japanese Sewing Books and I like them because they don’t collapse onto my mouth when I am wearing them.
They also fold away very neatly and are just the right size to fit into my Grandfather’s cigarette case for storage when temporarily removing them in cafés and restaurants.
As you can see, I have decided to use some of my Liberty stash for these – I thought seeing as they have to be worn, I might as well make them out of something I will enjoy wearing.