vrijdag 21 september 2018

The Crane Coat

Crane Hope Coat by Marijke van Welzen, Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer

My fb friends Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer are creating The Crane Hope project. 
It will be a series of many quilts with cranes.The project will be exhibited in 2019.

You can read all about it here

Crane Quilt by Jim Smith and Andy Brunhammer
One day Jim posted a photo on facebook of a quilt in progress.

I commented on the photo: This looks like a skirt to me. We talked about coats and kimonos and to make a long story short, I volunteered to make a Crane Coat.
They sent me a set of 25 colourful crane blocks and a bunch of white ones plus a load of white fabric.

As I had envisioned the skirt I decided to start there.

The skirt consists of 5 rows of colourful cranes in different shades of green, blue, purple, red and yellow and white. I saved the black and grey and some more white blocks for the top.

I decided to use the same cotton for the lining as well, all seams are covered. I also started quilting the skirt.

This was supposed to be a coat, so I had to decide on how to make the top.
The top is fitted with a kimono sleeve. I used the white fabric and the rest of the white blocks. I lined out the black and grey blocks on the back with the purple row in the skirt.

As the top was fitted and I wanted all the seams to be closed it wasn't easy to quilt. 

I delivered the coat in Florida myself this summer. Jim and Andy were delighted to receive it.