Thursday, March 6, 2014

Work like an Egyptian Quilt

Look what I got for my birthday "Work like an Egyptian" Pattern by Smee Designs at The dimensions of the quilt are: 60" × 79" I might make mine a little bigger. I am not sure yet? At the moment, I am reading and re-reading the instructions. I love the carver, the block of the queen and her court, the bull ready to assist the grain slaves in the fields, and look at the mighty pharaoh Ramesses II in his Chariot being pulled by his horses.

Apparently this block designs comes from the famous carvings of Ramesses II hunting with his big cat. Ramesses II, also known as Ramesses the Great, was the third Egyptian pharaoh of the 19th dynasty. He is often regarded as the greatest, most celebrated, and most powerful pharaoh of the Egyptian,(alternative spellings: Ramses, Rameses).

According to the Smee Designs web site, "The patterns are derived from original images on tombs, jewellery and other artefact's, researched from several books on Egyptian art. (I agree with them 4000 years is enough time for copyright to have lapsed.) The pattern is large and looks very comprehensive, the pattern includes over 30 pages of templates and pre-reversed pieces ready for tracing onto fusible webbing".

As you can see below I have started to collect and work out the fabrics I want to use.

The small pieces might be a bit fiddly to get into place all at once, it is recommended to use the "Baking Paper Technique", This Technique requires you to place the pattern template (which has been supplied in the pattern) on the ironing board, and cover it with baking paper. The baking paper will allow you to lightly iron the smaller pieces together and assemble them into the bigger shapes, without the fusible webbing adhering permanently to the baking paper.

I will have to remember when I assemble the small pieces to make sure I place the numbered underlapping pieces first then Iron together lightly. Once the shape is complete let them cool, and then peel it from the baking paper and position it onto my background fabric. And the final step is to Iron it in place. This technique sounds easy.

Happy Quilting
Until next time

1 comment:

  1. It is always fun to start a new project - I think the planning is as exciting as the rest of it! It sounds like you are raring to go!


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