A windy photo shoot in the backyard for the finally finished Growing Up Odd quilt, based on a tutorial from the Wedding Dress Blue blog.
We were racing to take the pictures in the last of the afternoon sunshine, hampered not just by the wind but by the fact that even on a chair and stretching, my son is barely 100” tall. My husband didn’t need the chair but then he is 6’ 4” tall, before stretching.
This quilt is made up of 2 1/2” squares from my precut scrap bin, sashed in Kona cotton’s windsor blue. Nine-patch, 21-patch and 49-patch sections combined into 16 giant blocks randomly rotated to make a top that after quilting and washing is almost exactly 100” x 100”. Bigger than a queen size, not quite a king. It will be perfect for our bed in summer when the down comforter is too warm.
This is the quilt that I spent hours pinning badly, an epic fail of tape and will. It ended up at Quilting Longarm Magic, a local service.
This was the first time I’ve ever sent a top out for quilting by someone else. It felt a little bit like cheating, but then there are no quilt police, and I could never have done as well on my home machine. It isn’t something I can afford to do often, but I can see doing it again for something equally large or a quilt that deserves really special patterns. I don’t mind quilting, but it isn’t the part I truly enjoy, so I could finish a lot more quilts with the longarm help.
I chose a meandering squares pattern goes well with the multitude of square blocks. With all those seams, I also wanted to anchor as many of the squares as possible. A bed quilt will go in the washing machine and needs to be sturdy.
The pattern shows up better on this section of the backing. The thread used is almost the same blue as this backing fabric.
He got it back to me in less than two weeks, on Saturday, and I spent Sunday squaring it up and then using the sliced off edges to make the binding.
It gives plenty of coverage on our bed.
This is the largest quilt top I’ve ever made, and I have ambitions to make more now that this was a success.
P.S. I just did the math and there are 1,552 little squares in this quilt. And I still have even more than those left in the scrap bin. The scraps can never be defeated!