You have gotten a few glimpses of my Into the Woods quilt.
I wanted a king size quilt for the master bedroom. Currently, there is a king-size Christmas quilt on my bed. Even though there is plenty of extra blanket, my husband and I seem to fight for the covers. At some point we are going to upgrade to a king size bed. I would rather make a larger quilt for the bed and have excess rather than queen size quilt on a king size bed. I use my quilts and try to get the most use out of them in the future. Being I already have 4 queen size quilts, decided to go big!
I was inspired by Simply Pieced’s Garden Lattice.
The block is quite simple. There are many variations, scrappy or Irish chain.
Retreat #1: I started the first blocks during quilt retreat #1. I made the 4 squares from one of the jelly rolls.
Retreat #2: I used another jelly roll to make more 4 square blocks. Then I was able to make over half the red and white half-square triangles. I used the method where you sew a ¼ around a square of white and tomato red. Then you cut the fabric in half by cutting the square diagonally. This is so much easier than cutting a 5 inch white square and red square, then drawing a diagonal line and sewing a ¼ on each side. The first method was so much quicker without having to write on each triangle. Plus the first method provides 4 HST at a time! The 2 method only makes 2. Plus there is so much more waste. By doing this method, I was able to use less fabric, by at least a yard.
I did use the Bloc_Loc 4.5 in square. These really do cut down the trimming time. I have to make 360 red and white half-square triangles. Most of these were done while at retreat #2. I didn’t think they would make such a difference in the time it took to cut. I am a sucker for quilting gadgets. The Bloc_Locs are well worth the money. I bought a set, so it was a bit cheaper.
So far, I have 2 jelly rolls done and 60 blocks completed. I am hoping that I will be able to finish the quilt with just 3 jelly rolls. I have a 4th Into the Wood jelly roll, but would rather not have to open it for just a few blocks.
I may steal a strip of some of the yardage that I bought for the backing. I was able to find Into the Woods yardage for $6 a yard during the Thanksgiving holiday sales. Backings can be so pricey if you use printed fabric versus a solid.
Here are my options:
I can’t decide whether to use the brown wood grain fabric or the red with white dots.
I did take a step out of my comfort zone with this quilt. I get that it is supposed to be a scrappy look. Usually I am very particular about having my directional fabric face the correct way. See the pine trees in the fabric. I would say that most of them are upright, a few may be upside down and I am ok with it!
There may be a slight glitch with laying out the quilt. I don’t really have the space at my house to lay out a king size quilt. I used to go over to a friend’s house to do quilt layouts. She really didn’t live there, she was making a new family home with her fiancé’/baby daddy. So I had the entire family room in the empty basement to lay out my quilts. She was able to sell her house recently. Good for her, bummer for me! Do you think the new owners would mind me still using the space? ; )
This may be one of those quilts that takes months to make because I get easily distracted! How many projects can you see in progress on my sewing table?
Here’s to hoping it will be long arm quilted in January!