I began Joseph’s Coat the summer of 2011 and finished it last night. Sixteen months of hand work. The complete quilt right down to the binding has been done by hand. The quilt measures 99 x 101 inches finished after a slight shrinkage from washing and drying (well more than slight, I think it had been about 104 x 107 inches – the backing had not been pre-washed and I use cotton batting). I did not keep track of piecing time but estimate somewhere around 250 hours – I am going by other quilts that I have hand pieced in the past. It took 111 hours to hand quilt it. I used the Inklingo method of printing out fabric ironed on to freezer paper for the templates and used freezer paper templates for the background pieces as I wanted to get the most out of the layout for the pieces – odd shape!
Batiks and Moda Marbles had been collected for several years before I felt like I had plenty to work with and still I ended up finding more of certain colors to get my coat of many colors. I estimate about $290.00 spent on this quilt, this includes all fabric (a lot on sales) batting – Quilters Dream, Select (mid-loft) 100% cotton batting, and the backing fabric purchased on sale.
Now the photos
outside in the sun – I was standing on a ladder looking down trying to get the whole quilt in the photo with Mike below making sure I didn’t topple over.
A few close ups of the colors
On the bed – several angles to get all the colors once again – hard to do, this is not a really large room.
Just noticed off to the side I still had my dirty sheets on the floor – I was changing the sheets out before I put the fresh quilt on the bed. I’m thinking maybe some black pillow cases to go with this quilt? I don’t do pillow shams – extra work you know when making the bed in the morning.
The color catchers! good thing most of the fabric was pre-washed – I obviously didn’t get them all. I had no bleeding into the fabric though so that was good
16 months of work – glad to have it done!!