This photo shows two production backdrops recently quilted for Television Francais Ontario (TFO). TFO has a TV show called Mini Spectacle that is designed to teach French language skills to primary grades. There are many episodes of this show on YouTube. I watched a few and brushed up some of my French skiils! I recognized the main characters from the YouTube videos.
The TV set designer designed the panels, had them made and sent them to me for quilting. TFO wanted a thick batting, so I ordered a roll of Warm and Plush, a new 6 0z cotton batting that gives very good stitch definition. The construction is very artistic, but tends to ignore the grain line, so it required quite a bit of stabilization and squaring. There were two panels to be quilted and they are to be used side by side, so I took extra care to ensure the horizontal design lines matched at the join.
Each panel measures 96 inches by 120 inches – quite large when it came to squaring them. Fortunately, I have an extra worktable that is 96″ by 96″ – perfect for laying out a large quilt.
The black twill tape was added after the quilting was finished to give definition to the wainscoting and chair rail features.
I used my 90 degree laser level and straight edge to ensure a square and accurate quilt. It was so large to handle, that I enticed a quilting friend with dinner to come help me with the squaring process. it was a big job!
After all trimming and squaring was complete, I added wide facings to the sides and secured them on the back to create a clean finish on each side. On the top, I added a hanging sleeve so the backdrops could be hung from the backdrop standards. On the bottom, I added another wide sleeve for a long board to be inserted to act as a weight to keep the panels securely in place during the performances.
The final quilts looked wonderful and will serve TFO well through many performances. Here is a photo of one of the finished quilts: