When I graduated from high school and was heading off to my first year of college, a sweet lady from our church gave me a hand-tied quilt to take with me. I was so grateful - there were so many things I needed to get for my first dorm room and I had never been away from my family before. On lonely nights I often thought of her and the love and support she gave me in the form of a handmade quilt.
Now, everyone in my house has a handmade quilt on their bed except me. What's on my bed??? A made-in-China 'quilt' from Target. It's not really a quilt, even though it is 3 layers quilted together. The stitching is too regular to be done by a real person. And as you can see it's really too small (even though it's 'king sized'). So I'm finally going to sew a king-sized quilt for my bed.
Were you planning on making a king sized quilt this year too? Do you want to do it together? We are already doing a Monthly Mini Quilt Sewalong, so I don't want to make a huge deal of this. But if anyone is interested in sewing a quilt from the same Craftsy class that I'm watching, I could add a linky tool to the bottom of my posts so you can post pictures of your progress.
And this is my progress so far:
1. FIRM RESOLVE to make a king sized quilt for my bed this year! (the hardest part)
2. I picked out the pattern: Kimberly Einmo's Chain Saw quilt from her Craftsy Class Magical Jelly Roll Quilts.
There are 4 quilt patterns in this Craftsy class and the Chain Saw quilt is the first one above. I'd say that if you choose any quilt in the class you're sewing along with me, don't you think?
There is a problem though, Kimberly's quilt finishes at only 86'' x 86'', and the quilt that's currently on my bed is 103'' x 94''. So I need to enlarge Kimberly's quilt plus make a bedskirt, I think. But after taking a look at the pattern I believe that all I'll need to do is make 16 chainsaw blocks instead of 9 and then adjust the borders accordingly. I'll try the unfinished top on my bed before I quilt it, of course and see if it needs adjusting.
3. I picked the fabrics: these are Japanese cotton/linen blend fabrics from the Lecre collection from Lecien. The darker prints on the right will be my chain saw 'blades' and the low value prints plus the solid Essex Linen fabric (a cotton/linen blend from Robert Kaufman) will be my background fabrics. These are heavier than traditional quilting fabrics, but I've seen quilts sewn from cotton/linen fabrics and they were beautiful. Even though they come from two different companies, the weight is similar.
Well, that's a good start if I do say so myself. And now that I've blogged about it there is no turning back! I'll add a linky tool to the end of this post in case you resolve to sew a king size quilt with me too. Here's another link to the class I'm using - Magical Jelly Roll Quilts. And I'll check in next week to show you my progress. My only goal is to finish this year!
If sewing a huge king size quilt is not in your plans for 2017, join us for our Mini-Quilt Sewalong. Finish each one in an afternoon and have a wall-full at the end of the year! Plus I'm showing off pictures of reader mini quilts each Thursday - just send me a picture of yours during the month we're making that quilt.