It seemed to take a long time to finish this lovely, not because of any difficulty factor, but because many other daily duties pushed it lower on the priority list. But here it is, and I’m tickled pink with the final result! About 20 fabrics went into the making of Springtime Glory, all scraps that I’d saved from other quilt projects. Working on this was a delight as it constantly reminded me of other quilts I’d made, and where they had found a home. I decided on a more neutral background with a pretty white motif for the backing, as there was so much going on frontside. The lovely finish quilting design really shows up well, making the back as fun as the front. (Enlarge the picture for more detail) This generously sized 72″X 63″ quilt is for sale, and can be purchased through this website (see the contact page) or through my etsy store, abracadabra quilting. Here’s to a happy summer and a quilt that just bursts with spring and summertime color!
My scrappy quilt, using only pieces from my stash, is finished, and ready to be taken to the long-arm quilter. I’m delighted with the way it turned out, and it was so much fun to construct! (The simple directions are found in the previous blog post.) What a great way to use up “bits and bobs” and feel satisfied that they weren’t just tossed away. Now, because I just made up this simple pattern as I went along, and wasn’t following anyone else’s directions, I think I get to name it. Looking at all the lovely floral prints that were used, I’m going to call it “Springtime Glory”. (Be sure to enlarge the pictures so you’re able to really see all the lovely fabrics that blend so nicely in this floral montage.) The next blog post will show the finished quilt, so stay tuned….
Happy Stitching to you all!
Following are some basic guidelines for quilt sizes, depending on their use. (Much of this will depend on other variables such as how thick mattresses are, whether or not you’re planning on using a bed skirt, or the size of the wall space where you plan on hanging the quilt. Obviously, a measuring tape is going to come in handy as you figure out the dimensions you’re going to want.)
Place mats: 11″-12″ wide by 15″-18″ length
Table topper or runner: Depending upon the size and shape of your table, you can determine the size you’ll need. A typical square table topper might be 36″ by 36″, turning the quilt so that the corners are pointed towards the sides of the table. A table runner is usually 12″ to 18″ wide, running the length of the table.
Wallhanging: Your choice! Just make sure it fits the space.
Baby quilt: Usually 36″ by 36″ – 52″ depending upon whether you want it to fit in a crib.
Wheelchair or lap quilt: 36″ by 36″ – 38″
Personal size quilt: This quilt can vary widely in size, depending on the pattern chosen .
Twin: between 64″-72″ wide by 86″-96″ long
Full: between 70″-88″ wide by 88″-100″ long
Queen: between 88″-99″ wide by 94″-108″ long
King: between 94″-108″ wide by 94″-108″ long
A last tip on sizing quilts:You can always add wider or more borders to enlarge a quilt, or smaller borders to decrease the size.
We layer our hair, we layer our clothing, why not layer quilts? The picture is of my king size bed. I made the quilt using the Garden Trellis pattern, but was disappointed upon its completion, because it just looked too skimpy. The solution? Layer it on top of another larger quilt! I found a sunshiney yellow backing fabric, 108″ wide, that looked like it would be perfect. Double the length plus a yard extra for the binding was purchased so that the quilt would be reversable. I cut off the yard for the binding and laid it aside. Then the large piece was cut in half across the width. I took those two pieces to Linda, my long arm quilter friend, and we chose a thin batting, a fun pantograph pattern, and yellow thread. She got busy, and soon the quilt was ready to trim and bind, according to Abracadabra instructions. Voila! I had a lively yellow quilt to layer underneath my skimpy but beautiful Garden Trellis quilt. I love the look, and have especially enjoyed the extra warmth when the temperature has dipped these winter nights.
I chose a yellow fabric with no pattern so as not to compete with the Garden Trellis floral. However, I can picture a little (or large) gingham pattern, or polka dots, or a plaid used as a layering quilt beneath a floral print, especially in a little girl’s room. As with most quilting projects, the possibilities are endless and encourage your creative juices and imagination! Have fun layering and enjoying the happy results!
Happy Cozy Winter Stitching!
So, what happens when a gifted mathematician becomes a quilter extrodinaire? Why patterns for Gordian (never-ending) Knots, of course. My Aunt Mary Whitehead was that gifted mathematician and quilter extrodinaire, and these are the glorious results!
These pictures are of a king size quilt top featuring Aunt Mary’s Gordian Knots, pieced by quilter Janet Coen from colorful batik fabrics. Aren’t the results dramatic and stunning! Far from the traditional countrified feeling of so many quilts, this quilt top is bold and exciting, inviting the admirer to come closer to inspect the intricacies of the patterns. Bravo Aunt Mary for pushing the boundaries of traditional quilt patterns, and thank you Janet Coen for sharing with us the glorious results!
Now the story behind Gordian Knots according to my Aunt Mary.
According to Greek legend, King Gordius of Phrygia was concerned by his lack of an heir. He went to an Oracle for assistance and was told to fashion a knot with no visible beginning or end. He was to use this knot on the yoke attaching his steeds to his chariot. Whoever proved clever enough, the Oracle stated, to undo this knot would then become his heir and the future master of all Asia. Many tried and failed. One day a bright twenty-year-old, failing to untie the knot, cut the cord with his sword. This young man went down in history as Alexander the Great.
You last found me finishing the repair to the quilt top and backing (see blog post dated August 15), and feeling very pleased that it was hardly noticeable. However, it needed to be re-quilted using the lovely Chantilly Lace pantograph pattern. My friend Linda-the-long-arm-quilter was up to the challenge! When I took it to her, she started stitching where the patch began, and was able to complete the repair using the same pantograph pattern. Now I really can’t tell you where the hole was! I was going to take a picture, but I don’t think you’d be able to find it either. Suffice it to say, one of my favorite quilts is back from being a sorry mess to its original glory, and Barnaby has been forgiven!
This quilt (I call it Baby Blocks) is made of pre-cut charm squares, (5-1/2″ square). They are sewn together in rows, six across, and eight down. A 1-1/2″ contrast border is added, and then a 4-1/2″ finish border. Voila! A precious quilt top waiting to be finish quilted in whatever way one desires. (There are so many cute pantograph stitching patterns that could be chosen…bees, flowers, clouds, hearts…)
JOYOUS OCCASIONS IN OUR LIVES CALL FOR JOYOUS AND LOVING GIFTS. WHAT COULD BE MORE MEANINGFUL AND LASTING THAN AN HEIRLOOM QUILT, DESIGNED AND CREATED JUST FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE BEING CELEBRATED!