I was inspired to make this quilt by the quilt I saw in CHRISTA WATSON’s book MACHINE QUILTING with STYLE. (page 34) I really liked Christa’s pattern other than it was too small. I wanted a queen size quilt of at least 100 inches wide and 100 inches length. Christa’s quilt was more like a throw size. So I decided to make my own quilt inspired by Christa but as usual doing my own way.
I am listing here what I learned while making this quilt because as usual when I go off on my own I usually run into trouble.
1. The first thing that made it hard on me was letting my DD see the quilt I was making for her. I had planned a rainbow quilt but she decided she would rather have a blue and green quilt. I abandoned the segments I had already made, putting them aside and instead made other segments. …. What I learned is …… DO NOT show quilts in progress if you do not want input from someone else.
2. I usually design on a design wall as I like to design visually. Only problem is I do not have a design wall big enough to stretch out the segments far enough to measure the quilt top properly. I mis- measured the quilt top multiple times and thus wasted some fabric. I was also short and had to reorder more fabric. Of course, it was not the exact right shade because it was a different lot number. I can tell the difference but my DD can not …. SO I AM SAFE. MODERN QUILTS often require more background fabric than traditional quilts. I had purchased 10 yards of KONA JET BLACK from a local quilt shop ( it was the last of the bolt) I had to order an extra 3 yards on line.
Second thing, I could have done to avoid this problem is to draft out a pattern of the quilt and estimate the size of segments I needed. MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE. I made the pattern below midway thru the project. I would have saved myself a lot of aggravation if I had drafted it earlier. …. like before I started the quilt top.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO DO SOME BASIC PLANNING BEFORE STARTING ON A QUILT. I TEND TO SKIP THIS STEP ….. BUT NOT IN THE FUTURE.
3. In Christa’s quilt she used a pre cut 2-1/2 inch strips for the background and the colored strips. Her quilt was 54 x62 inches. She used a roll of background fabric paired with a roll of colored pre cuts. I would have had to used 2 – 3 or more rolls of 2-1/2 inch back ground fabric and another 2 rolls of the colored fabric. ( I estimated 7 segments of 10 strips each. )
My segments were made from a bin of strips I had cut in various widths for a different quilt. I pulled all the greens, blues and yellows that suited the project. I had left overs from a set of batik TONGA TREATS, and I used many of those in the quilt.
Because the strips were of different widths I had trouble making a matching segment to mirror the first segment. The left hand segment should match the segment on the right side. It would have been easier if I had used precuts. I had to fudge with the segments to get them to the correct side. The next time I make this quilt quilt. I am going to echo the sizes of the strips on each segment. I need to pre plan the segments more carefully.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO BALANCE AND MIRROR THE LEFT SEGMENT TO THE RIGHT SEGMENT. IT RESULTS IN A NICE PATTERN. THE NEXT QUILT I MAKE WILL HAVE TWO CENTERED SEGMENTS and NONE OF THE HALF SEGMENTS SEEN AT THE TOP AND BOTTOM OF THE QUILT TOP.
This quilt is so large I can not hang it anywhere to take a picture of the entire quilt. The picture above is the top half of the quilt. The picture below is part of the bottom segment. I had not finished piecing the bottom segment that went below the segments shown here. I am going to borrow a quilt rack to see if I can get a better picture. .
4. I had used a batting as my design wall when I was planning this quilt. It was white and shedded like crazy. As a result I have hundreds of tiny fuzz all over the quilt. I am spending a lot of time trying to clean the quilt top before taking it to the long armer. I am having my long armer order black batting for this quilt. Once it is clean it is off to the long armer for quilting.
THE IMPORTANT LESSON HERE IS DO NOT USE A WHITE BATTING WITH A BLACK QUILT.
I do plan to post a better picture of the quilt…. the entire quilt top ….. IF I CAN GET ONE.
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