The starting point for this madness? These itty bitty 2.5" blocks.
(Note to self: if you ever stop biting your nails again, this is what they look like. Nice, eh?)
Yes, I stretched one of those mini-charm packs into a queen-sized quilt. All it took was a little bit of solid red fabric and a little bit of solid blue fabric and half a bolt of Kona White. Oh, and 8 yards of backing fabric. Yes, 8. I have never bought that much of one fabric at one time in my life.
The blocks themselves are pretty simple. I sashed the tiny 2.5" squares with a skinny border and then nested them in some Kona White to make your typical modern offset square in a square block that finishes at 12". See other variations of this pattern here, here, and here.
This was the biggest beast of a quilt I've made. Ever.
Basting this quilt was enough to scare me off of the quilting. We moved almost as much furniture so I could baste this puppy as we did the day we moved in the house. Scratch that, we had movers move our furniture into the house, so we moved MORE furniture in preparation for basting this quilt than we did when we moved in the house.
Enter the Durham-Orange Quilt show this fall, which had a newly-minted modern category. Over the summer, I was trying to decide which projects to enter in the show, specifically in the "modern" category. I decided this particular project is probably the most modern-looking project I've worked on thus far that was closest to being finished. It was time to swallow my fear and get the quilting party started. Once I finally worked up the gumption to quilt it, I opted to use a tried and true quilting pattern I'm comfortable with - the square stippling - in ALL the white space. I just stitched in the ditch around the printed squares to make them pop a little more.
This quilt breaks ALL the husbatron's rules when it comes to quilts for our bed:
1) It has pink.
2) It has polka dots.
3) It has flowers.
But he hasn't said anything, so I'm not saying anything. Maybe the quilt's modern-ish layout with its huge swaths of white space compensates for the girly prints? Maybe he knows better than to criticize my projects?
Started: February 2011
Finished: August 2012