For a very long time we have had a store bought quilt on our bed and I wanted to make a new one, but I wasn’t sure what colors or design to make it.
In 2016, at the summer picnic meeting of the local Quilt Guild, I won a stack of 2.5″ strips of patriotic material. When I brought them home I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them since I don’t really care of the look of Jelly Roll quilts. Then I realized most of them were similar to the colors of our current bed quilt.
I then went searching online and found that some of the material was from the Stonehenge Stars and Stripes fabric line. I found out that there were 10″x10″ squares, 2.5″ strip sets and yardage available in the same fabrics and I could also find some of it in the local quilt shops.
The next steps was designing the quilt top and figuring out how much fabric I would need. Oh, and I don’t think I stated that I needed to make a slightly oversized quilt for a California King bed. Until you start measuring the size and sewing the quilt top together you don’t realize how big that is!
I realized if I ever wanted this quilt finished then I had to make a simple design and use as much of the precut 10″x10″ squares and 2.5″ strips as possible. Once I had a few designs figured out I showed them to my husband. I had a plain piece of blue laid between the two different designs to separate them, but he actually liked it best with the plain blue strip in the quilt. So, the final quilt is a mixture of the two different designed I originally came up with.
After cutting, sewing and trimming down to size for what felt like forever the quilt top was done. Then I wanted to use up as much as possible of the extra 10″x10″ squares and left over material so I decided to make a design for the back of the quilt too.
When it was all done I handed it off to Quilt Legacy in Dayton, NV to long arm quilt since I had other projects I needed to work on and I knew it was going to be a major pain to quilt that size quilt on my domestic sewing machine.
I am very impressed with how the final product turned out. The quilt pattern they used was perfect for the quilt top. And my husband was very happy with the finished quilt.
As I stated, when I showed it during Show & Tell at the local Quilt Guild, I don’t quilt that often, but when I do I take on BIG projects.
From some of the matching yardage I also made two pillow shams.
What big project have you tackled lately?