Try Something New Every Month: BIG QUILT

I got the idea for this blue and white half square triangle quilt about 6 months ago and immediately set out collecting fabrics and making a ton of HST blocks. I ended up playing with different layouts and scouring the internet for inspiration on what I wanted the final top to look like, and finally settle on a big ol’ star.

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I finished the top and wasn’t sure what exactly I was going to do for quilting. I’ve never quilted anything quite this large before. I’ve done Lily’s full-sized quilt, but the way her bed is it’s really much smaller than a real full-sized…there’s only a very tiny drop on all sides of the mattress.

I looked around for local quilting services but it appeared that hiring out would be quite cost prohibitive, especially with how many quilt top ideas and projects I’ve got bouncing around. So I set out to quilt it myself on my little Janome Magnolia…such a far cry for a long arm!

I stuffed and fluffed and stuffed and fluffed and rolled and stuffed and made my whole body pretty darn sore on multiple occasions of quilting this huge thing.

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After a final marathon of a Saturday I powered through the final quilting and finished the edges (I just turned them under instead of traditional binding). It was so late at night by the time I finished that I made it through a quick wash and into the dryer and was able to wake up to my new pretty scrunchy quilt!

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I LOVE IT. I’m not exactly eager to quilt something of that size again, so I’m reconsidering future and planned quilt tops…perhaps they should finish up smaller than 80×80, or I should really budget for a quilting service.

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