Tagged: queen quilt

Dec 16

Chainmail quilt top

I have been working on my mom’s oversized queen quilt, and it seems to be a never ending process.  But, I’m seeing progress, so that is good!

There are four basic blocks that I use in this quilt.

Quilt blocks for the chainmail quilt

There is the gold block (4.5 in x 4.5 in).

There is the block with the strip on the side (4.5 in x 3.5 in gold, 4.5 x 1.5 inch color)

There is the square within a square, a simple “courthouse steps” block (2.5 in x 2.5 in gold, two 2.5 x 1.5 color blocks, two 1.5 x 4.5 blocks).

There is the other square within a square, which I call the corner block.  You will see why, soon.  This block is made “log cabin” style (2.5 in x 2.5 in gold, one 2.5 in x 1.5 in color, two 1.5 x 3.5 color, and one 1.5 x 4.5 color).  I had to make  20 of these blocks, half of them rotating clockwise, the other half rotating in counter clockwise with the darker colors on 3 of the 4 corners.

corner block in log cabin style

Using these four types of blocks, I would piece together a repeating unit of blocks.  In each unit, I would use 4 solid color blocks, 4 square within a square blocks (some of these would be corner blocks, when the overall pattern needed it), and 8 side strip blocks.

Could I say blocks more?  Blocks blocks blocks blocks.

Ok, back to the quilt.  I will show it in pictures, so you don’t have to read my nonsense 🙂

I’ve made another row since taking this picture, so I am now 2/3 of the way done.  Then, I have to do the border.  Then, the back.  Then baste.  Then quilt.  Then bind.

So, I should be done soon.  HA!


Aug 22

Vintage sheet quilt, Literally (34)

Many bloggers talk about vintage sheet quilts.  A lot of them say that those prints remind them of the sheets from their childhood.  But, when I looked at the sheets from their posts, I thought that the fabrics they had found were nothing like the sheets I grew up with.  Our parents must have had different taste in sheets.  🙂

I did make a quilt from the sheet I grew up with.  My dad is from the south and lived in an area where there were many textile mills and it was a huge source of income for the community.  My mom and dad purchased this sheet from the textile mill where my father (and most of his family) had worked, so this sheet means so much more to me for that reason.

When my mom mentioned wanting a new quilt for a vacation home that they have, I thought that this sheet would be perfect.  It didn’t take very much to convince my mom to give up the sheet so we could make her a new quilt.  We had a deal.  I went to her house to sew, she watched the kids and held the baby.  Since her house is where I do all of my basting (look at crazy mom quilt’s basting tutorial.  LIFESAVER!), I felt I owed her this quilt.

I made 1 square foot squares and pieced them together, alternating it with blue squares (you can’t really see them, but there are a few blue flowers in the sheet pattern), and added a 6 inch border on all sides.  So, a very simple quilt top, mostly to display the sheet’s 1970’s design.  Then, I basted this baby and began the quilting process.

Vintage Sheet Quilt

Here is the entire quilt in it's new home.

Vintage Sheet quilt, up close

Here is an up close view of the sheet fabric and the stippled quilting.

Vintage Quilt Binding

Here is the binding for the vintage sheet quilt.

I cannot tell you how proud I am of this quilt.  I doubted myself, whether I could sew a queen size quilt on my little Singer, but she (the Singer) proved herself, and I am so happy with the result.  When I finished stippling half of the quilt, I placed it on the floor, and my mom’s first reaction was to kneel down and run her hand across it.  That is what I do!  There is something about that texture that draws people to touch it.  My children had fun with this quilt, as well.  When I completed the quilt top, the first thing they did was play hop-scotch on it.  Now, whenever they go to my parent’s vacation spot, they can play hop-scotch on their bed.  😉

Not bad for an old sheet.

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