July 18th, 2010

Big Whimsy

by Julie Hirt

I can’t believe I finished it already!   Yesterday I spent…. oh, I ‘d say about 6 hours finishing up the quilting and it took me about 4 hours to do the hand binding on the back.  I was *determined* to get it in the wash and sleep with it last night.  It was a pretty big job to tackle and finish up but I’m glad I did – I love this quilt.

I used the Whimsy by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda jelly roll and a lot of Kona cotton in white. Each block is roughly 10.5 and it turned out to be a rather large quilt.  It almost covers the entire top of our king size bed.  It’s bound in Whimsy’s Grass Clover Daisy which turned out pretty nice. I originally wanted one of the red fabrics but now I’m glad the fabric store didn’t have one available.

It’s a simple pattern, the blocks are just strips of white/color/white/color/white and turned every other one. I chose so much white because I didn’t want to use patterns butted up against each other.  It gets to be too busy looking for me. You can get almost 2 quilts out of a jelly roll using this method – I have just less than half of them left.  Each strip was cut into 4’s so I got the most mileage for the fabric.   The remaining fabric patterns are more kid friendly so I may make a stripey baby blanket with them.

This is my 3rd quilt and first big one – I think I’ll try to make them larger like this. It’s more work but so much better to wrap up with.

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8 Responses to “Big Whimsy”

  1. I saw your quilt this morning and fell in love. I hope you dont mind but I have started one. I had a martinque and a snow jelly roll that I couldnt make up my mind about till I saw your quilt. If it turns out as nice as yours I’ll be very happy……..Have just sewn my snow and coloured strips together already to press….dont know whether to cut them into 4 or couple them into pairs and then sew the other snow to them and then cut them into 4(making 4 of each colour combinations) decisions, decisions….it certainly is a quick quilt. Thanks Chris

  2. Thanks Christine! The martinique colors are kind of similar, I think it will turn out great. I ended up cutting mine into 4’s so I used most of the fabric up. I still have a bunch of strips leftover. The piecing didn’t take nearly as long as the quilting did – that about did me in. One perk about quilting is that as soon as I’m getting a little bored with one step of the process it’s time to move onto the next. I’d love to see pics of yours when it’s done.

  3. My biggest problem will be the back here in Australia we dont have the selection of colours in the Kona cottons and it is hard to compare them when you are buying on line. I’d like to match the back to either the brown or the aqua of the martinique but its hard to do it with the computer screen. if you could offer any suggestions or know how I could find out it would be appreciated……will post pics when Im done……

  4. That’s tough – if I had scraps of the brown and aqua I could send them to you. Or if I had the martinique I could take with me and compare, If you’d like I’m willing to get 1/8 yards of each and mail to you if you want to compare before buying.

    I had a hard time trying to match exactly so that’s why I went for the coal – something completely different but went with it. I wish the matching yardages for the moda lines weren’t so expensive for the backing. Fat Quarter Shop has a couple of the Make Life yardages half price and that’s cheaper than Kona so I may be in luck for the back of this next quilt.

  5. Thanks Julie but I wouldnt impose on you like that I will get something from my lqs but I must get myself one of those colour cards that they have for Kona… will show pics when I am done……Chris

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