Thursday, September 08, 2011

Nine Big Blocks Finished!




Nine Big Blocks from all angles. It is large enough to have a pillow tuck which surprised me. 97.5x98". I had planned on 99" square, so that's pretty darn close. Of course, Dave doesn't want to have this ruined by the dawgs so it is already folded and packed away, for some future eventuality.


Here it is without the pillows, but because this bed has a footboard, the other end is piled up with no place to go. I put the decorative pillows in there to see if they would 'go'.
I am so happy to have this big one in the finished column. And to see it on the bed, justifies my original concept. Of course I was also experimenting with how large a block I could make to compose a quilt with the QAYG method.

What did I learn?
 I placed the blocks alternately with horizontal straight line quilting and vertical straight line quilting. If I were smarter, I would have had all the lines going the same direction. The stretchiness and not-stretch of the quilting made it difficult to line up the blocks. Maddeningly difficult. And this also caused unintentional wonkiness, but then I knew as I quilted that I was in trouble and kept going anyway.

Now that I have made three twin sized and one queen sized bed quilts I am done making bed quilts for a while. It was great fun to do this QAYG and I owe a big thank you to Marianne of www.thequiltingedge.com for her superb tutorials on the process. I encourage you who are still on the fence to give this a try, if only a small study, and you will feel the excitement I feel now about doing big bed stuff. Really.


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40 comments:

  1. My first look for the day and what a goodie! Well done. I love it.

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  2. It's a beauty. I know you are not sure you want the dawgs on it but how can you bear to put it away. It makes me happy to look at it.

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  3. Judy Morningstar4:55 PM

    What a beautiful quilt! It looks so fresh and contemporary with your colour and fabric choices, and yet is based on a very old traditional pattern. You have proved that traditional and modern can co-exist joyfully!
    I agree that your centres were the most creative and successful sections. I am looking forward to seeing what you tackle in the next few days!

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  4. Anonymous5:09 PM

    "so it is already folded and packed away, for some future eventuality."

    Like putting it up for sale maybe?

    I am interested in knowing how you pieced this together and seeing what the back looks like.

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  5. Anon,
    I would sell this, but not on Ebay, just person to person. If you really want to buy it, email me.
    The back is totally white, and very neat and lovely. Which is one of the reasons I like QAYG.

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  6. WOW. This really ARE big blocks!!!!!

    Fantastic quilt - love it. :)

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  7. WOW WOW WOW - This is TOO nice to put away. What a great looking and colorful quilt. Aren't big blocks fun?

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  8. Seeing it on the bed really puts the term 'big blocks' in perspective. I LOVE it! I am always inspired to see your color choices. Now I will have to put 'big blocks' on my to do list. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Congratulations! It looks fantastic.

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  10. Quilt looks great....so glad the tutorials were helpful.

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  11. Wow, what an impact those have!

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  12. Gorgeous quilt!! The colors turned out perfect and I couldn't believe how large those blocks really were until they were on the bed!!

    I agree that his is too grand to put away :)

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  13. It looks really great on the bed. Too bad it has to be boxed up and put away.

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  14. This quilt is a wonderful achievement! I love everything about it!

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  15. Celeste Wegner11:11 AM

    I like your suggestion - start small. Maybe a dolly quilt for yet-to-be born grand-daughter. Beautiful 9 block.

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  16. This process is so cool! AND your quilts are WONDERFUL!!! So you!!!

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  17. LynneP12:36 PM

    I admit I was a bit skeptical when I saw some of the blocks....wasn't sure I'd like the color combo. It is spectacular!! I, too, am sorry that you have packed it away. Well done!

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  18. Looks really good. I'm in a quilting bee and I'm waiting on the last block to come back so then I'll have a quilt-as-you-go quilt too!

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  19. It turned out so great! I know that the quilting lines made you crazy, but having the lines in different directions looks so much better. So inspiring!

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  20. Deanna Colon12:08 PM

    Wow! That looks absolutely delicious!

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  21. I do like your quilts. This big nine-patch is great and I really liked the Dreamsicle as well. You always have great design and use of color.
    best, nadia

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  22. This quilt is beautiful - Such great color combinations!

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