Back the end of December Cari asked me to give her an idea for a simple quilt to make for a Silent Auction at a benefit. She had only a short time to get it made. I played around in EQ and came up with a design that she liked. I decided I would do it as a pattern. It was very simple, squares and rectangles, and with the appropriate arrangement of fabrics, looked quite nice. Piece of cake, right?
Cari made it, didn’t tell me any difficulties that she encountered.
About a month ago a lady from church called and asked me if I would be willing to make and donate a quilt for a quilt bingo in about a year. As I was talking to her, my mind was spinning—I could make a quilt to test out this new pattern.
After I finished the grad quilts, and the redwork, I decided to start on my new pattern. I wanted to write the pattern before I started working on it. Fortunately for me, I decided to do a baby quilt first.
I found some flannels that went together and would work for this pattern. I couldn’t test out the fabric requirements, I had bits and pieces that were enough, just not full yardage.
I’m so glad I started small.
I like to have seams butt up against each other rather than going the same direction to reduce bulk at the intersections. The way I had the pattern written to this point was a nightmare as far as seams butting against each other. Back to the drawing board. Well, EQ7.
I wanted to use the gold for the first border, but, there wasn’t enough of that left.
I redesigned the layout, it still looks the same, just not all same size blocks as in the above quilt. The pattern will be in three sizes, a lap size and a full size also, and I’ll probably add using extra borders to make it queen size—I haven’t reached that point yet.
So, I drew and wrote, and drew and wrote, figuring out yardage and how to sew, for over a week. Sunday I was sick of EQ and Word, and started sewing. That felt good! I sewed some on Monday too, then realized that the way I had it drawn and written, one patch was in two adjoining blocks. So yesterday it was all EQ and Word, and Excel added in. Today I’ve been sewing again. I have all the blocks sewn and it’s now just sewing them together.
Each of the sizes uses different size strips.
I’m liking how it looks!
If anyone would like to test the pattern, in any of the sizes, let me know. I’d appreciate the help. You can leave a comment below, or email me at pvquilt @ gmail . com