Jun 04

Homeward Bound Quilt Complete and Dresden Challenge Quilt complete! (94 & 95)

Have you ever had those quilts that you love so much but NEVER EVER EVER want to make again.  This is that quilt.  Using my 16 inch Homeward  Bound Block (tutorial found here), I was able to construct this large lap sized (70 inch x 70 inch after washing) quilt.

Each of these blocks has over 70 pieces of fabric, and it took quilt a while to construct, but I LOVE IT!

I separated these blocks with 1.5 inches of sashing, plus a 2 inch border all around.  I quilted it with a free-motion spiral quilt, one of my favorite dense quilting patterns.

Seeing this almost makes me wish Christmas were here.  Almost.

The quilt was made from a variety of christmas fat quarters, background is Kona Snow, and the binding is Kona Grass Green.  Batting is warm and white, and the thread is Gutterman white cotton thread.

The other quilt I finished is my EZ Dresden Blog Hop Quilt, made by using Darlene Zimmerman’s EZ Dresden Ruler.

With this quilt, I was able to use the ruler to create a paper piecing template, and also use the ruler to cut the fabric wedges.  The tutoria is here.

The fabric is from the House (By Annette Tatum) and Nest (by Valorie Wells) lines of fabric, with Kona Snow for the background and Kona Raffia for the binding.

It was quilted in an overall loopy free motion design.  I love how, even though the templates for these blocks were hand drawn, they corners still match up so well.

And, I had to add a traditional Dresden plat on the back (hand applique and all).  This quilt measured 40 inches by 50 inches before washing, 38.5 inches by 47.5 inches after.

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. Béatrice says:

    Both are wonderful, congrats !

  2. Janice says:

    Your quilts are beautiful! I love what you did with the dresden plat. It is great and with the traditional on the back it just makes it amazing. Great job!

  3. Ivy says:

    Gorgeous! Wow, it shrunk a lot! Is that to be expected?

    • Tanya says:

      When using cotton batting, always plan ahead for shrinking. I have used polyester before, and while it doesn’t shrink as much, it is very hard to do machine quilting with it because it is so slippery. I use warm and natural cotton batting. It usually shrinks from 5% to 7%. The grain of the batting can make a difference two. I once made two quilt tops the exact same size, quilted them the same way, and they came out two different final sizes because I basted them differently on the batting. The difference is usually only a few inches for baby quilts, but it gets more problematic with larger quilts. I try to make my twin sized quilts at least 6 or 7 inches larger than my target size, and I make my queens 12 inches larger. I’m going to be doing a California king this summer, and that I might need to pre-shrink the batting, which could be a pretty risky thing.