Tuesday 25 June 2013

The Maze Quilt...............a few years in the making.

This is the Quilt I recently finished  for my son David's Birthday. It's a good thing he is patient. I started this quilt a while ago OK I admit it was a few years ago.

I  have had a few hangups along the way.  Trying to quilt it myself wasn't working for me, it was just too big for me to swing it around on my sewing machine. I was hoping to quilt around the maze so there was no hope to do that on my machine.   I ended up getting a lady to long arm quilt it for me she did an amazing job and I'm very happy with the results.

After the quilting was done, I needed to add a binding. That took me a while, trying to decide on the way I want to finish the binding, also what fabric to use.  I was thinking I would use the green that I used in the main quilt, but I didn't have enough of it.  So I spend forever looking for it or a match to the green or grey.  I was never happy with what I was seeing.  I also came to the conclusion that I didn't want a binding around the outside of the quilt  as it would take away from the maze effect.  I wanted it to be when you looked at the quilt you knew it was a maze. 

I ended up finding the knife edge binding. I love the look of it as it doesn't take away from the green hedges at the edge. I was able to find the instruction how to do it on the internet.

This is a 72" by 96" quit; bigger than I thought I should make it when I first started making the blocks.  But once I got going on the animals I couldn't stop.  The pattern I used for the paper pieced animal was Animal Kingdom  by Margaret Rolfe. I love this CD-ROM pattern as you can make the animals in many different sizes. I made them different sizes and then enlarged some of them even move by adding the boarder.  Once I got the animals done then it was time to make up the maze.

 I laid out the animals the way I wanted them to be on the maze. ( As you can see some of the animals had a little extra boarders on them, too fussy so I removed them.) Once everything was where I wanted then we found a computer program that would design mazes we plugged in the width of the strips I wanted a finish measurement of 2" thick. It designed the maze around the block measurements we had entered.

Once the maze was the way I wanted it with the animals placed in the pattern. I printed it out and went to work with a highlighter to decide how long the strips would be that I would work with.  I wanted it to be the longest pieces possible so the line would keep a straight look.  There are very few small pieces on this quilt my smallest would be 2 1/2" by 2 1/2" the biggest green piece was 2 1/2" by 32" and the grey biggest piece was  28".

I worked in section across the quilt once I finish across the width of the quilt then I work on adding those sections together, in the picture you can see that I have already added two sections together. I had to wait to add the bottom left corner piece in until the next section I did this throughout the quilt so you cannot see how they were joined together as I didn't want to have visible joining lines showing.
You can't see any visible joining lines in this picture and binding it underneath so it doesn't detracted the maze.  

The trick when picking fabric for the maze quilt is not to use fabric that has a directional pattern to it. 

The sheep is one of my favourites as I used the extra fabric from making my wedding dress. I didn't have an embroidery machine so I did the writing free hand quilting. The chicks are just cute in the middle of the quilt. Trying to find their way to the Mother Hen. The Cheetah because of his movable tail.
This was such a fun quilt to work on, I love to come up with ideas for quilts that I haven't seen before.  It was so much fun piecing it together.  The paper pieces was fun as well, and I smile when I see it on my sons bed as it brings back so many good memories about working on it.  Even if it was a few more years then I had planned.

Oh I just about forgot there were two mistakes in this quilt when it was done up on the computer I didn't notice them until I had finished piecing the whole quilt top together.   I picked out the wrong colour strip on it and resewed it, as I couldn't leave that one mistake in as I would always see that it was wrong, and it would drive me nuts.  You cannot see where I ripped it out and then resewed it which I'm very happy about.  If you compare the finished quilt and the smaller sections that I have together you can see the mistake before and after.  The other mistake, I truthfully can't find it anymore and I'm not planning on looking for it as it is best for me to just forget about it.

 UPDATE: That was what I was going to do, forget about it, but my Dear Husband just pointed it out to me. When I asked him if he remembered that I fixed the other mistake. I made the mistake of showing him the picture of before and after. Oh have I mentioned he an Engineer. lol


Maria said...

That is an amazing quilt. I've never seen one like this before and I'm sure your son will be delighted with it finally. LOLL

Janelle @ Emmaline Bags said...

That is really neat how you made up the maze. I just assumed the whole thing was a pattern. It's so different and original, and so much work went into this quilt. It's fantastic, Natalie. You are clearly more than just a bag lady ;) ha ha!!

Anonymous said...

amazing! beautiful! I admire you!

RaspberrySunshine said...

Natalie!!! This.Is. AWESOME!!!! What a treasure and special gift for your son. You did a beautiful job.

This will be a gift he'll remember always and maybe someday his boys will enjoy it too :)

Congrats and great work!


Mara said...


nissaMade said...

Natalie this is really amazing!! I can't even imagine how to even start something like this, you are talented! Your son must love it.

ChrisW Designs said...

Oh this is absolutely fabulous! Well done!
ChrisW Designs

Carry Hers By Natalie said...

Thank you Maria. David loves the quilt he has always loved mazes so it was the first thing I thought of when I decided to make him a quilt. I was so happy to be able to come up with the pattern.

Carry Hers By Natalie said...

Thank You Janelle. So glad to know I'm more then just a bag lady, I was getting worried about that. LOL I like to have a challenge when I make quilts, so this is why I took on this quilt. Ever row was different and I enjoyed figuring it out how to sew it up so you couldn't see where I joined it all together. I think I did well with that challenge. I don't know when I will tackle another challenging quilt again.

Carry Hers By Natalie said...

Thank you.

Carry Hers By Natalie said...

Thanks Cindy. David loves it, he will be so happy now because I'm finished taking pictures of it.

Now I will leave it on his bed and he will not have to ask me to give it back to him so he can go to sleep. I couldn't take all the pictures before I gave it to him as it had been raining forever so it was about two weeks later when I could finally take it outside to take pictures of it.

Carry Hers By Natalie said...

Thank You Mara.

Carry Hers By Natalie said...

Thank you. I do love challenges, that's the best thing about this quilt designing the maze after I had finished the animals. I had the vision of the animals in the maze. So I'm so happy that it workout that way. David is very happy with his quilt.

Carry Hers By Natalie said...

Thank You Christine.

Unknown said...

I just saw this on Emmaline bags blog. I am amazed. It is wonderfully done and so perfect for kids.

Carry Hers By Natalie said...

Thank You Carin. I had fun doing it and my son is enjoying finally having it on his bed.

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