I discovered Project Quilting from Persimmon Dreams a few weeks ago. There is a quilting challenge theme and you only have a week to make your quilt. I waited to see what the 6th challenge would be: Time is Up. There was a picture on the challenge post of some old fashioned pocket watches. As soon as I saw it, my brain lit up and I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Here is the final product. The quilt is 14 by 20 inches and made in Apple Valley, Minnesota.
And now to tell you how it came about.
First of all, my husband has a collection of pocket watches most of which have been passed down to him. I took a look and fell in love with one that he has. It was passed down the maternal side of his family, but he's not exactly sure whose it was. The interesting part of the story is that there are matching his and hers watches. I knew I wanted to make a quilt of the dial of the ladies watch. I'm not sure why, but it had never occurred to me that a lady would have a pocket watch. It does make sense that they would need to know the time as well. There is not covering and the hands are missing on this watch, but it is otherwise in great condition.
Here's the back of the ladies watch. I thought about stitching it too, but I really wanted to tackle the dial.
Here are the front and back of the coordinating gentleman's watch.
I then drafted my design and traced it onto a piece of muslin. I wish I'd taken a picture at this point, but I forgot. I decided the background needed to be gears so I enlarged some I found online and traced them at random behind the watch.
Then came the quilting. I did the watch in a medium tan Glide 40 weight Poly and the background quilting in a grey Aurifil 50 weight. Then came the scary moment of soaking the quilt to get out the blue marker I'd used. Inside this quilt is a silk batting. While I've used silk before, I've never actually washed it. It came out really nicely and with a very nice drape.
Then I went back and painted in the pocket watch with Lumiere paints to make some of the details shine. I must admit that the reason I was attracted to the watch I chose was that it had feathers. You can never quilt enough feathers!
A few close ups.
This is my favorite gear with the circles in the middle.
Be sure to go to Persimmon Dreams blog starting Sunday to vote for your favorite "Time is Up!" quilt.
I hope you get to quilt today!