I don't typically make New Year's Resolutions but if I did, this year's may be to plan in advance. At least when it comes to quilting projects.
I posted about this quilt top once before, it's for a friend of mine who lives in Phoenix who was part of the running team I was on when Shelly passed away. I had only met her the day before but she showed herself to be one of the strongest, most positive, supportive people I have ever known and she will be a forever friend.
When she found out I sewed, she asked for a quilt. She was kidding -- sort of -- but I knew right away she would get one. She recently bought a new house and hasn't decided what colors she wants to use, but she told me black and white are her favorites.
I started with 2 charm packs purchased online and came up with this:
I liked it enough (even though HSTs are *not* my strong suit)... but it was too small. Only 50" wide x 57" long. That wasn't going to work. I can't tell you how many nights I fell asleep trying to figure out how to make it bigger without looking like I just slapped on some extra fabric... but on Christmas Eve night, it was a vision of this quilt (and not sugar plums) dancing in my head.
First, I turned the quilt sideways, so 57" became the width instead of the length. Then I took off the (now) top and bottom borders. If there's anything that ranks as low as pinning in my "things I like to do" book, it's ripping stitches!
Next, I created a few rows of checkerboards for the top and bottom, to add between the HST section and the borders I'd just taken off. I would have done more, but I was out of charms.
Here's how it looks with one side (the bottom) sewn back together. Of course, I had to extend the side borders to go the (new) full length. I was lucky to have *just* enough fabric left to do this.
Here's how it looks with the side (near the top) borders lengthened, before I sewed it all back together:
And finally, the completed (I hope!) quilt top, now big enough to cover a full grown person:
I've started piecing a back, which will be more colorful. I haven't a clue how I'll quilt this once it's done. The middle (HST) section is bulky and doesn't lie completely flat. I want to do something relatively simple (read: won't take forever) but I haven't decided what yet. Suggestions are appreciated!
Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Friday
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