Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogger's Quilt Festival: My 1st King Size Quilt!


 After learning about Diane Rose, the blind quilter, making king sized quilts, I decided to put my fear aside and start a king size quilt.  About the same time, I bought the picnic colorway of the new Denyse Schmidt fabric and I knew that if I combined it with my beloved American Jane stash I'd have enough fabric to do a quilt for our bed as well as a quilt that made me happy.
 I kept everything very manageable here.  I used a staggered bricks pattern just to keep from having to match points on such a large piece.  I also added a 9" border of my favorite print.
 I did very minimal quilting on this.  Partly it's because I didn't like having to quilt such a big quilt.  My husband is also not a fan of my "rumply" (free motion quilted) quilts.  He wanted this quilt to be softer, so I quilted vertically every 3.75" and then echoed the borders.
 I have loved sleeping under this!
The other day I was laying in bed and I looked down at my cozy quilt and was soooo glad that I was able to snuggle up under this thing.  If you've never tackled a quilt for your bed, go for it!  It doesn't have to be a double wedding ring or some super intricate quilt to keep you warm and give you a great sense of satisfaction every morning when you wake up.

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34 comments:

  1. Lovely finish! This makes me happy and would love waking up under it. It's a lovely quilt my dear.

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  2. Great job, it looks beautiful and oh so cozy :)

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  3. Congratulations on tackling such a big quilt! It looks very warm.

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  4. You are so right, the joy and satisfaction of sleeping under your own quilt is really something to be prized. Love your quilt, thanks for sharing it in the festival.

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  5. So beautiful! Fantastic work!

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  6. Wow! Congrats on a beautiful quilt!

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  7. Love the colors and great job! I've yet to tackle a king size either, awesome!

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  8. Gorgeous! I always think that if it's THAT big, then it should have a ton of quilting on it. Thanks for reminding me that it doesn't have to be that way!

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  9. Oh, my gosh, King size. It's beautiful.

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  10. WOnderful and even better that it is a favorite to snuggle under.

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  11. A very traditional looking, lovely quilt. It is true that simple quilting sometimes looks the best.

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  12. This is a beauty! Congrats on finishing such a big quilt!

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  13. beautiful so refreshing, can't go wrong with those colours!!

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  14. Nice quilt. Great colors and fabrics. Nice to have something both you and your husband can both love and use everyday! Thanks for sharing and have a grea day

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  15. Love it! The colours are fab!

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  16. Exactly! I love bed sized quilts. Nearly all of my quilts are bed sized. my family & I love sleeping under quilts. Your quilt has turned out so well. Great fabrics and pattern. enjoy it.

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  17. The quilt is fabulous. Cuddle up and enjoy for a long time.

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  18. Very nice job! It really makes me want to try going king-I have a king top that I never quilted... because I am too intimidated by it!

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  19. Gorgeous quilt!
    there is something special about sleeping under a quilt you've made hey? I even look forward to making my bed! :)

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  20. excellent color choice & wonderful that it is used everyday!

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  21. Beautiful - and I heartily concur with your sentiments! There is NOTHING like sleeping under your very own quilt!

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  22. This has turned into a lovely quilt. Love the colours and the design you chose!

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  23. Love all those wonderful colours and fabrics together! The simple quilting suits the pattern. It's a wonderful quilt!!

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  24. DS rocks and this quilt definitely ROCKS!!! Love the simple pattern:)

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  25. Aww how sweet and so pretty. And wasn't that lady so inspirational? She certainly gave us all pause one way or another, I'm sure. :)

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  26. I love this quilt. A king size? Girl, you are braver than me! So pretty, and looks really vintage.

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  27. Awesome! I'm making my first king size quilt right now!

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  28. Tackling a kingsize quilt is an accomplishment. But quilting it yourself, you outdid yourself. Great quilt and beautiful fabrics.

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  29. Gorgeous! I love the colours and the staggered brick pattern.

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