I'll start with the thing that I finished just today -- a comforter for our master bedroom!
|We'll be sleeping under the new comforter tonight!|
I had purchased some coordinating fabrics almost a year ago when I found them on sale at the local fabric store. I knew I wanted to make a quilt from them, and bought several yards of each. The color palette was just right for a master bedroom -- not too feminine, but clean, bright and airy. The light grey wall color was selected by matching a swatch of fabric.
|I bought all six fabrics at the same time.|
I don't know if it would be considered 'modern' quilting, but one of my favorite techniques is to find a quilt block pattern and 'blow it up.' For instance, if a finished block is supposed to be 4" square, I may enlarge all of the pattern pieces and make my finished block 12" square. I frequently do this for baby quilts -- the quilts go together faster and I can successfully use large print fabrics.
Since I wanted to get this comforter finished fast, I decided to 'blow up' the block design. For example, the instructions for the 12" finished block called for 2" and 1 1/2" wide strips...mine are 11 1/2" and 8 1/2" wide. Instead of making several small blocks and sewing them together, I made one, huge queen-sized block that would cover the entire bed.
'Blowing up' a block does require some thought, especially to determine what size to cut the pieces and the finished size of the quilt. My d.h. had one request...he wanted to be sure that the comforter was wide enough that when I rolled over, he didn't freeze because the blanket rolled with me. A standard queen mattress is 60" wide by 80" long. The finished comforter is 90" x 95". I sketched everything out on graph paper before I began cutting.
|Sketching and coloring the design on graph paper gives me a pattern to follow, both when cutting and sewing the top together.|
Another consideration was the weight of the batting that went in between the quilt top and the backing. I wanted something with a little more thickness and loft, so I decided to use a polyester blend batting. I ordered it through www.batt-mart.com. This is an American company that sells made-in-the-USA batting by the roll or piece. Their website is a fantastic resource, and David, who took my order by phone, was so very helpful that I'm sure I'll use his company again.
My long-arm quilter, Susie, and I discussed the quilting pattern to use and settled on the interlocking squares design. I liked it because it was masculine and modern. She used light grey thread, which blends nicely with the fabrics.
With the remaining two fabrics, I made two simple pair of curtains for the windows and four coordinating pillow cases. Another scrap was big enough to recover a flea-market bench that I re-painted. Believe me, there weren't many scraps in the end.
|The flea market bench (about $10) got a fresh coat of paint and a new cover. And I have a place to sit down to put on my shoes and socks!|