Thursday, March 16, 2017

Clock Towers Quilted Clock

I was inspired by Kim Lapaceck's Dresden Neighborhood pattern and the theme "Time" for challenge 6 of Project Quilting Season 8.  Things I would do differently next time:
Plan First. This was improvised and things got added on in different orders than I would do again.  The order of sewing for next time:
1. Buy the canvas first so I know what size the finished clock will be including wrapping the quilt to the back of the frame.
2. Sew the 12 pieces together and quilt them to the background fabric (carefully centered on the background fabric) like I did (with some felt behind it as shown.) Do all of the quilting on the towers before adding any embellishments.
3. Add the center circle, but don't quilt inside it yet.
4. Applique clock faces and belfries (Play with placement on the belfries. I wonder if they should be closer to the clock faces and maybe some above them?)  Be more careful with the clock placement especially positions 12, 3, 6 and 9, so that actual clock hands will line up with the centers of the clock faces.
5. Add a layer of felt to the back (Cut off the corners so that there is only fabric and no felt to wrap on the back side in the corners) and quilt the center circle, add the roofs, and quilt the background.
(Before quilting the center circle, mark the hole placement for the clockworks so I don't have to cut any stitches when I make the hole.)
6. Finish the edges of the quilt.
7. Cut hole in the center of the canvas.
8. Cut hole in the center of a 4" x 4" piece of peltex ultra firm stabilizer, center it on the canvas hole on the back side and stitch it in place. This just adds a little firm depth for the clockworks to hold onto.
9. Double check positioning of the quilt and staple it to the frame.
10. Cut hole in quilt and add clockworks.
I love my new clock!  It is 20" by 20" made in Spokane, WA Started on March 12th or 13th, finished on the 16th.
I like this detail photo:

5 comments:

Amy said...

That turned out amazing! Love it!

Janie Kemp said...

This is so awesome! Enjoyed it.

Jo said...

Excellent interpretaion of Kim's pattern. And what a fun clock to have in your sewing room...or any room in your house.

Mel Beach said...

Super fun quilted clock. Love your use of the selvages for the roof tops!

PersimonDreams said...

This is beyond cool! you AMAZE me!