There's a new quilt on my bed! This is something that does not happen often enough. Sure, I make a lot of quilts, but this is only the fourth quilt ever I have made for my own bed. Let me tell you, it feels awesome!
According to Instagram, I made my first tester blocks for this quilt 13 weeks ago. Those sat on the design wall. Then about 7 weeks ago I seriously started working on this quilt and this quilt only. 7 weeks! That's got to be some sort of land speed record for a queen size quilt. It definitely is for me.
The secret to my speediness- I didn't quilt it. After I had the top all done I took it to the lovely Heather of The Quilt Barn for machine quilting. What would have taken weeks of procrastination, then moving all the furniture around so I had the floor space for pin basting, then an entire day spent pin basting and finally hours and hours of wrestling this beast through the throat space on my machine- took her an afternoon. I love the squishy wool batting, loopy quilting and the pale aqua thread she recommended. Most of all I love that I didn't have to crawl around on the floor basting it.
I went with this texty print for the backing because it was the only thing I had enough of on hand. Plus, it's extra wide so I didn't have to piece the backing. Plus, I really like it. Polka-dot binding because, well, I love polka-dots. Aqua to go with the aqua quilting thread. You can't see it in the pictures, but it's totally there.
There are a ton of plus block tutorials out there in all sorts of measurements. I made up my own, though to play well with my bins of pre-cut scraps. My two fullest bins are 2.5" squares and 4.5" squares so that's what my block uses. Plus, it gives you a nice finished 10" block which makes for easy math. My quilt used 90 blocks in 10 rows and 9 columns for a 90" by 100" quilt. See, easy. I wrote up a quick handout on how I made these blocks for my quilt guild. I figured I might as well post it here to, in case anyone is interested.
I hope that's understandable. Feel free to email me any questions.