Friday, May 22, 2009
More strip pieced quilts - BRC Quilts
I'm sharing these BRC quilts with you. It is been one of the hardest quilts to photograph I've ever made. When I took this photo of them hanging on the stairwell to my studio I ws so surprised how accurate the colors were.
Hanging quilts over the stairwell was not a project for the faint of heart. It used to be a project for a daredevil.
The first time I had a quilt hung here my husband stood on the railing (all 265 lbs of him) and leaned over and pounded nails in the wall. I held my breath while he did it (This was one year after he broke his arm standing on the top platform of a ladder and fell over onto a tree stump).
My job was to stand there and grab him if he started to fall! I'm glad he didn't because I could not have held onto him.
That quilt stayed there for much longer than I wanted it to be there because I couldn't watch him do that again.
I heard about using closet door tracks to hang quilts. We hung these tracks on the ceiling. It allows us to load the quilts from the floor in the studio and slide them across to hang over the stair well. A much better and safer solution.
The large quilt is Fantasia and the smaller one is Fantasia 2. Fantasia is hand quilted and Fantasia 2 in machine quilted. I love them just as much today as when I made them.
I think I have always had a love affair designing quilts with strips sewn into strata and sliced and diced - long before it was the "thing to do".
Do you know what a BRC quilt is? I'll share the answer after the puzzle if you don't.
Fantasia 2 is tonight's puzzle.
BRC = Before rotary cutter
For those of you who started quilting ARC you don't know how we had to draw lines on our fabric and then cut the strips with scissors.