I attempted to make a quick quilt today. Maybe it was the pattern I chose, or maybe I just didn't have the right fabrics, or it could be I'm not the agile young sewer I used to be, but it took me a couple of hours to produce just the top. I get sidetracked very easily and other household duties call on Saturday. Besides I have been working on a quilt for a wedding present and it's not finished yet.
Here are some pictures of what I did. I started with 9 fat quarters, trimmed them to 17 inch squares, the largest square I could get out of them. Cut the squares into four smaller squares that turned out to be 8.5 inches. I made four very large nine-patch blocks. Cut them into quaters which yields sixteen 12 1/4 inch blocks. I chose to use only twelve so that it would fit the width of fabric for backing. I cut the leftovers into 2 3/4 inch strips and used them for a scrappy border. I had to cut two more strips out of another fat quarter.
It's pretty wild because I just dipped into my stash and did the best I could. Next week I'll put it on the machine and quilt it. More pictures later. . .
I'm editing here. I finally finished this project. It took me five days to fit it in. Total time was probably under 4 hours. If I had left enough backing, I would have just turned it to the front for binding. I spent a while cutting, piecing, pressing/folding, and attaching the binding with my DSM. For a quick kid's quilt, it's much sturdier and will last longer than hand finishing. Quicker too!
If you have the need for a quick project, this would be a good one. You could do it in a day with no problem, and probably half a day if everything is at hand. More pictures at Webshots.
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