20. Feb, 2020

Making the Sashing

The sashing for the teabag art quilt is made from foil lined coffee packets with the foil to the outside. The width of the sashing was dictated by the side panel of the coffee packet as they are heat welded together. As I went on I thought that might not be a limiting factor but when I started I used that width as a guide. I simple pinned overlapping section of the coffee packets together to get the length I wanted and then I used two balls of wool - one a fairly solid knobbly one and one quite a hairy one. I randomly placed these backwards and forwards over the length of the pinned coffee packets. Then I cut a piece of black organza and laid over the top of the sandwich. I then free machine quilted using figure eight or scribble stitch pattern so that the layers were firmly held together. You can see the difference between the stitched area and the unstitched area in the photo above. I didn't worry too much about how "even" or "rounded" my circles were as they were just an added layer to the sandwich. I also didn't worry too much about where the silver of the foil showed through as that added a further dimension and a bit of glitz to the sashing. This idea originated from an old Quilting Arts article where they used ferrero rocher chocolate papers in a similar way. The coffee packets were much more attainable for me and I liked the contrast with the cool silver against the warm tannin on the teabags. I did use different brands of coffee packets as I tend to buy what is on special rather than a particular brand. The packaging that was more plasticy in finish tended to stretch a bit whereas the packaging that was more paper based tended to be easier to work with. Of course it was difficult to iron the seams with the plastic covered packaging. From the photo above you can see I needed to trim the pieces before I put the quilt together. This is a very basic pattern of square tea bag blocks surrounded by the coffee package sashing. Making the sashing did get a bit monotonous but then I think repeated parts of quilts often do that and you just have to keep going .