KING

A few posts ago, I showed a sneak peek of the quilt top for what I thought would be quilt number 8. Then I decided to abandon that springtime quilt for an autumnal quilt for my bed, which is king size. The giant Christmas throw I have on there now covers the bed sufficiently, but I wanted to see if I could handle making a king size quilt.

I was on vacation a few months ago in Tennessee, and on one rainy morning I left everyone behind to go to the Cherry Pit, a lovely quilt shop in Sevierville. This place was adorable, and the people working there were so kind. I picked up a couple of layer cakes and also this bag of mystery scraps.

Oooooo a mystery … I thought I took a picture of the actual scraps, but I guess I didn’t.

One of the layer cakes was from the Moda Songbook collection, which had some really lovely, whimsical floral prints that I liked. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it, but I had some other florals and was kicking around the idea of a fall quilt, and I decided that the layer cake would be the perfect thing to pull it all together.

I used Amy Smart’s lattice quilt pattern again, which I used for the Michigan and Ohio quilts. It comes together super fast, and this time I wasn’t fussy cutting the fabric on the bias to make directional print blocks with the points facing up, if that makes sense. So it went even faster. Precuts baby!

I initially planned to use this teal floral for the cornerstones (the little tiny squares), but after I cut them all out and laid out the fabric on the floor, the color combo didn’t look right.

In fact, it kind of made me feel nauseous. I opted instead for a few foresty greens and grayish greens that came from the mystery scrap bag, and also took out the larger pale teal floral blocks. Now I need to figure out what to do with all of those tiny teal squares…maybe another lattice quilt is in my future.

Basting this thing was a challenge. My house is not that big, but I was able to fit the backing (just a solid backing for this) on the living room floor with the furniture either pushed against the wall or into the dining room.

Look at you, big boy!

I texted a picture of this to Amanda and told her that I broke a sweat while crawling around and basting it. It took forever, but I had to do it in one night, because it was blocking the path to the kitchen.

Walk, don’t run

I got a new walking foot for this quilt, a Janome, which another quilt blogger mentioned worked on her Juki TL2010Q. I wondered if I broke my walking foot because I was trying to use it at full bunny? I quilted this at half bunny/half turtle and didn’t break the foot. It didn’t take too long either. I used a hera marker to make creases for the quilting lines, and I was quite happy with how it turned out. FMQ on this size would have been challenging, but I think doable!

I was going to try to bind this with the backing material, but I immediately cut a hole in it when attempting to cut the batting, so I ended up binding it with the same fabric I used for the sashing, which I think looked nicer anyway.

At least I did this immediately instead of at the end

I actually finished this quilt last weekend, but didn’t get a chance to photograph it until today. Turns out it’s hard to photograph a king size quilt. I found some clamps that I think my husband bought during his pandemic foray into carpentry. I really needed slightly bigger clamps to get this thing a few more inches off the ground, but this was the best I was going to do. My neighbors probably think I’m insane.

If you look closely, you’ll see some bunnies, which are from a fat quarter that Amanda gifted to my daughter. I’m sorry Amanda (and Helen), I think I’ve stolen almost all of that fabric for my own quilts.

Bunnies <3

Eight is great! Eight is king! Welcome fall. My bedroom is ready.


1 thought on “KING

  1. Stephanie Burns

    “Layer cake”. “Full bunny”. “Fat quarter”.

    I realize, as I read your posts, I have no idea what you’re talking about. Thank goodness for the photos, which is basically the only way I can keep up (and admire your handiwork). 🙂

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