This is a quilt-in-progress for my best friend Joanna. I had originally planned on using a different pattern entirely but scrapped it. I have no idea why that plan was labeled as easy when it most definitely was not.
Because I had pieces cut for the other pattern I lost a lot of material cutting them for this one. I need to go shopping to get more fabric, but currently I don’t have the money.
This one started in my head. I spoke to my mom to figure out how much fabric I’ll need to finish it so here goes:
This is a full size quilt. At least that’s the estimate of roughly 88″ x 74.5″ when it’s done.
I plan on making 25 rows of 30 – 3″x 3″ cut squares. That’s 750 squares. As you can see here I don’t have enough material. I’m also a newbie to quilting, thus the lines aren’t meeting correctly. It still looks awesome, so hush.
For the border I’ll need 2 – 5″ x 74.5″ strips and 2 – 5″ x 78.5″ strips. Those are rough estimates. I’ll figure out exact sizes once the middle is finished.
The backing will require 5 yards of material, cut in half for 2 – 2.5 yards sewn side by side.
I’m using two fabric bundles I found at Walmart for a REALLY good price. A yellow/white bundle and a black/white bundle. The blue and florals are all fat quarters I got for $1 each. The white fat quarter has a soft metallic splash pattern and cost $2. I found it at Joann Fabrics. I originally purchased it for another project, but it looked so nice with this one I added it. Thankfully I have plenty more and won’t need to purchase extra. All of these said DO NOT PREWASH, so all I did was iron them flat.
After I cut out the squares I threw them in a box, shook it a lot, and picked them out one by one. Very random, and sometimes the same ones were next to each other. I really like the scrap quilt look, and this quilt has that sort of feel to it.
Joanna LOVES it. It has the soft colors she likes, a bit of a punch to it that it stands out, and a color combination that is divine. I was hoping to have this finished by the middle of February, but financially that’s not possible right now. I need a lot more fabric, batting, and a quilting frame. I’ve been using an embroidery ring, which has been torture for me. I need a proper frame. I found the one I want at Walmart, but it’s $120 I don’t have right now.
I’ll work on this when I have everything I need, or at least enough for the top. Until then I have other things I can work on. I finally have enough material to bind the table runners that are now extremely belated holiday gifts. I now have three of the six finished, currently working on the fourth. When all of them are done they’ll be shipped off.
I have enough batting and fabric for smaller things, like place mats and coasters. I’ll see about making a few and selling them on my Etsy shop. Hopefully I sell enough to get the quilting frame I want.