Thursday, July 16, 2009

Mary’s Wedding Quilt

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Remember this lovely little stack from my new favorite crap craft store? I sewed like a maniac and now its a quilt for my sweet sister in law’s wedding gift. It was between making her a quilt or buying floor mats for her car ( n.o.t. my idea). Needless to say the quilt won.

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The quilt measures about 67” by 80”, perfect size for a 2 person couch quilt, or draped over the end of a bed. Here’s my measurements if you want to make your own.

For the inner border you’ll need:

1- 4.5” square

2- 2.5” by 4.5” strips

2- 2.5” by 8.5” strips

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Sew short sides on first, then top and bottom pieces. If you are not using 1/4” foot (like I wasn’t) you will get some hangover in your strips that you’ll have to trim. The seam allowance on a regular foot is more like 5/16” or 6/16” in my case, so slightly larger than 1/4”. So if your strips seem way too long, especially in the outer border, that is probably why.

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For the outer border you’ll need:

2- 2.5” by 8.5” strips.

2- 2.5” by 12.5” strips.

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Your finished block should measure 12.5”. See that little bit of hangover on the top and bottom of my block? That’s because I didn’t use my 1/4” foot, so my finished block was more like 12”. Which isn’t a big deal unless your using a (real) pattern or you’re concerned about the final size.

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Now square up your blocks. I made 30 blocks, I used about 4 yards of fabric for my blocks. The sashing strips were 1.5” cut, so 1” finished. The white border strips were 2” cut. When your using thin stashing strips like this its important to pin and line up your blocks as you sew your rows together. If not you can really tell when your blocks don’t line up perfectly. And unpicking stitches is not that much fun….as I’m sure we all know very well.

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By the way Ben did fabulous on our flight to Denver on Monday. The travel fairies must like me because we sat by a Nun. You can bet she was prayin' like a mad woman when she saw who was sitting next to her. And luckily all went smoothly and I only had a few glares in my direction, so we're improving. :) Have a great weekend!

51 comments:

Sue said...

the quilt looks amazing, I love the colours

roseylittlethings said...

Love the colors! Great directions!

Goddess in Progress said...

Lovely, lovely quilt and what a nice gift. And thanks for the instructions!

Liz @ teeny tiny quilts

RosaMarĂ­a said...

beautiful job!!! is a perfect goft for a wedding! thanks for sharing.

Barbara Myltschenko said...

thanks for sharing. it's beautiful! i'm so not good at putting things together yet unless they come from the same line. maybe this will get me out of my box?

Susan said...

This quilt is wonderful, I especially love the colors. Thanks for the details on the block. Your SIL is going to love it!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

I LOVE THIS QUILT!! I think this will be my next quilt project! THANKS!

Cathy said...

What a neat looking quilt.....it definitely caught my eye! Thank you for the tutorial. It is always so nice when a quilter has a tutorial. Was it one line of fabric or a mix?
Cathy

Melanie said...

I have a lot of those same fabrics from Hobby Lobby! Your quilt looks terrific! I can't wait to hear how those fabrics wash up; I haven't washed mine yet.

Tiffany said...

Wow, love it. What a great wedding gift!

Emily said...

Beautiful colors, Lucky recipiant!

Jackie said...

I really like those colors together. Lovely quilt!

Mountain Home Quilts said...

There is NOTHING more special as a gift than a handmade quilt. I know that she'll cherish it forever! Glad you went with it over the mats ;)

Betsy said...

I am completely using your pattern. I love this quilt and have just the fabric to use it. Gorgeous.

Bowlby said...

This quilt is gorgeous! What a wonderful gift.

Jaime said...

I love all the fabrics you chose. Just lovely. I wish I could get married again (same man of course) and get one as a present. Ha ha. :-)

Heather said...

This quilt looks wonderful. I love the colors together.

Harley Dee said...

Beautiful quilt! Glad you decided on it and not the car mats :)

Stephanie said...

Great job, it's beautiful! And congrats on the successful plane ride. Planes and kids can be scary.

CJ said...

The quilt is beautiful! Glad to hear your travels were safe and smooth.

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Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's perfect. Lucky couple!!

anne said...

I love the colors on this! And the striped binding!

Leslie said...

this is beautiful thanks for the instructions!! maybe when i can get some of my other WIPS out of the way i can try this one out.

Nancy said...

I love this quilt! Another beautiful one to inspire me!
Thanks so much!

Evelyn said...

Beautiful! I love basic designs like this!

Melissa said...

what a great gift! It looks like you stippled the quilt-right? I'm trying to get some confidence to try it out again. My stippling adventure looked great on the quilt top I worked on until I turned it over and the tension was all off. It's hard for me to want to try my hand at it again. Maybe my machine's not up for the challenge...

rachel griffith said...

cute, cute, cute!!!
i can't believe you sat next to a nun.
god does have a sense of humor!!!

Pam said...

I love the quilt and recognize some of those fabrics. Yes, I shop there too. ;) I use my 1/4" foot almost everytime I sew. I have only had it about a year and was sooo worth the 10.00 bucks.

Beautiful job!

amandajean said...

what a beautiful quilt! and hurray for good travels. :)

ivyarts said...

The colors are gorgeous. She'll love it.

BaileyGirl5 said...

Wow! This is really lovely. What a treasure!

Phyllis said...

The quilt is perfect - simple, pretty and "soft" looking.

Thanks so much for the directions; I've printed them for future use!

amy smart said...

Beautiful!

Diane said...

As usual, beautiful.

Chase said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I like the colors. I'd like to make one for myself. ( in red & white?)

Noel said...

Your quilts are like jewelry for my eyes, I love looking at them :)

jaybird said...

looks perfect! i'm a sucker for wedding quilts... i think they are so much better than a set of plates!

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

Beautiful quilt!

Dorrie said...

Oh, it's beautiful. They'll love and treasure it! Quilts are such wonderful gifts!

Vanessa said...

I love this quilt. I love all of your quilts! Every time I see one I say to myself "oooh, that will be the next quilt I make". Every time! I can't even remember anymore where I found your blog but I am so happy I did.

cathleen said...

I think your quilt is beautiful....not only the way you put it together but the colors are so soothing, peaceful, and calm. Thank you so much for sharing the directions.

Cheryl Arkison said...

I really like your use of fabric in this quilt - such colour and texture.
Congrats to your sister-in-law.

Taiya said...

Way better than car floor mats. Fantastic quilt for a wedding present!

Laurel said...

I love this quilt! I want to try my hand at one, and I'm a complete newbie, so I have kind of a dumb question. :) Do you plan out your blocks, like where each color will be first? Or do you just start putting colors together into blocks and then arrange them once they're all done? Does that make sense? :)

Carmen Rigby said...

I'm so glad you posted this! I am fairly new to quilting and would like to make matching quilts in these very colors for my two youngest boys that share a bedroom. Their carpet is a aqua, brown, tan berber and the walls are tan. I was really hoping to find a quilt tonight in these colors and I did!

Thanks again for your beautiful blog!

alan said...

Very cool idea! Thanks for posting about Buy Quilts Really it is very helpful.
Awesome job !!! keep it up.

Laura said...

As always, I love this quilt. I was thinking about doing something kind of similar to this for my son's quilt (except with more of a repeating pattern like your orange quilt - but not with white). I would like to add sashing in between the blocks, like you did here. Sashing seems a little confusing to me - like how do I make sure I line up both the horizontal blocks and the vertical blocks. Do you know of any helpful tutorials for this? laurasharbaugh@gmail.com

Shawn said...

Love your quilt!

cindy said...

The quilt you made for your sister in law...loved it..thanks for the directions. I made a baby quilt for my new granddaughter but am stuck on how to quilt...did you free motion it...what color threads..multicolor ? It turned out so beautiful I am scared to quilt it. Do you have. Any close ups of the quilting? Thanks Cindy

Anna said...

I just love this quilt. Maybe someday, when I have cleared my plate of my current projects and want something a little simpler than the quilts I've been making, I'll go for this.

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