Now that I’ve got several quilts under my belt, I want to make a quilt for our bed. I knew I wanted to use use the fat quarter bundle of Carolyn Friedlander’s Botanics line for Robert Kaufman, but I’ve been very on the fence which pattern to execute.
Remember this? All neatly wrapped in plastic and tied with a ribbon…
Not anymore! The stack has been unbound and ironed – all 31 pieces of it. It was only $45 during one of Fat Quarter Shop’s flash sales. No joke – I went through an entire bottle of Best Press to get all of the creases out while watching the Dave Ramsey video channel app. I enjoy it because I don’t really have to be watching the screen, so I can focus on other tasks but still be listening to the show.
For this quilt, I was torn between trying a more complicated patchwork pattern or doing a 60 degree triangle quilt. This Autumn Chain Block was REALLY tempting and it would be gorgeous. However, with the fabric I’m working with – there would have been a lot of pieces to keep track of – too much to bite off on my first bed quilt. However, I am keeping it as a strong contender for a future (smaller) project.
So I have committed to the 60 degree triangle pattern, and managed to get six fat quarters cut out. The colors and prints in the Botanics line are amazing and I want to decorate the master bedroom around this color scheme. The triangle design is quite modern and simple – which is more our style.Because I have an 8 1/2 by 24 inch ruler and the triangle ruler goes up to 8 1/2 inches – I naturally went with 8 1/2 inch triangles. It’s relatively easy to cut each fat quarter into two 8 1/2 inch strips, then go to town with the Creative Grids 60 degree triangle ruler.
I really hope that the 186 triangles this fabric will yield is enough for a quilt around 108 x 92 inches. If not, I do have some other fabric that would also work with the prints and can work a few of those into the mix.
We’ll see how this goes…
Today I am participating in Freshly Pieced’s WIP Wednesday link up!
Lastly, I want to thank everyone who read our last post Quiltonomics: The Real Cost of Quilts! The massive response is totally overwhelming and I am amazed and excited that so many of you are interested in the topic of the quilting industry. James & I hope to write more in-depth pieces on a variety of topics. If you have any suggestions on topics you’d like to see covered – feel free to comment below!
See you next time!