It is finished!!! All sewn and ready to be attached to the poles. The quilting and binding is finished. If this were just a quilt then all that would remain would be the label.The backing used up all the leftover fabric and then some. I had to go buy more fabric for the binding.
I have some very clear ideas about how to affix the ties, but first, it was show off time!Yoch and I are both member of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild and our monthly meeting is held the first Monday of the month. This month was special, a photographer from the LA Times was there to document our quilts. Since we are the first modern quilt guild – we will are part of an article on the whole movement. We were asked to bring our most modern quilt. What better than this joint project. Yoch is describing his color choices and design.Even the back is impressive and the guy blocking me? That is the photographer. He later asked for my name, so I am really hoping that this quilt will be in the article. One can hope right?
Next stage, putting ties in the corners so it can be attached to the poles. I knew it had to be strong, this is one heavy chuppah. Most are not this large or quilted.I cut eight strips, 45″ x 2″, found the middle and ironed in a strong piece of interfacing, then folded it in half and ironed. Next I positioned the reinforced portion on both front and back of quilt in the corner, sewed in place with an x through the middle for extra strength.As you can see here, I sewed the strips across the corner, at this point it looks like there are 4 strips.View from the back, at this point I sewed the two strips of fabric together, so it is stronger and easier to tie.
Now for the test, will they hold the weight of the chuppah?Yes!! It works beautifully. I hung it from my pergola and it’s holding strong. Which means for the duration of the ceremony, it should be fine. Yes, I have some pity on the brothers (my two other sons and Yoch’s two brothers) who will be holding this up. They are strong young men, they should be fine.
Next time I show images will most probably be after the wedding, when I can share this as part of a wonderful celebration.