My Handmade Quilt (Almost)
I believe it was around 2002 or so when I was inspired to make a quilt. Like I needed another project….but I thought it would be fun and an interesting challenge. So I began to look for patterns and decided on what I affectionately call my ‘Qbert’ quilt. The design is like a Qbert board (I hope you have heard of Qbert unless I’m dating myself 🙂 The actual name for the design is ‘tumbling blocks’. I love patchwork designs so that is when I went to town and really started grabbing any mix and match fabrics I could find. Wal-mart’s dollar fabrics was where I started, sales at local fabric shops, yard sales (where I was lucky to have gotten the batting when that time came).
Starting from the upper left in picture 1, you’ll see just diamonds cut out roughly. They are cut about a 1/2 inch around my pattern which you’ll see going counterclockwise where I currently have some maroon fabric paperclipped to it. Then moving around the same way, you’ll see just a pile of diamonds that I have already sewed the angles on and ironed down. These are aleady matched to two other diamonds that will make a whole block. Continuing around, you’ll see that a v shaped pile. Those have 2 ironed diamonds already together and ironed and the third laying on top. I found that I have to iron every step of the way to ensure that they fit together nicely and are easier to sew that way. Lastly you’ll see two piles with completed blocks. The other pile that look like triangles are 3 color matched rough cut diamonds that count out to be the last amount of blocks I need to make! Which makes me glad there is ‘completion’ in sight!
Here are the numbers that I figured out:
– Block width: 6.25 in
– Block Height: 7.25 in
– I decided on a Queen sized blanket so that comes out to 60 x 80 blocks. 10 per row, 11 rows.
– Which total 110 blocks.
As of January of this year I had made 77 blocks. So I only have 33 more to go!
Here are more pictures of the process. Wish me luck that I’ll actually get it done this year!
May 8, 2010 @ 11:10 PM
That looks SO labour intensive! Are you hand-piecing – cause it looks that way.
My grandma makes fabulous patchwork quilts on her treadle sewing machine, and hand quilts them all. But hand-pieced quilts are so rare!
May 9, 2010 @ 6:54 AM
Thanks for visiting my site! Well, I have been putting all the pieces together by hand and I plan on then putting together the blocks by hand then into the top layer of the quilt, but I’m not sure how I’m going to get the batting on the back. I thought i’d learn as I go but I do recall seeing that there is a big stand that is needed to mount the quilt in some way on it and I think it’s on the batting step. With all the work I’ve put into it I hate to ruin it on that last step. I’ll need to do my research when that time comes 🙂