Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Brotherly Quilt

I finished my second quilt of 2011. This is for my brother--his birthday is in April.
Brother's birthday quilt
I used the basic block pattern from Color Your Cloth, though I enlarged it to 12.5" square and didn't follow the directions in the book at all. this was technically my first try with half-square triangles. I used 2 max and whiskers charm packs, kona solids in khaki, earth, and moss, the hand-dyed fat quarter i received from fabric shack, and some stash fabrics--including one cotton from my mom's stash. The borders were a last minute addition. The quilt is 72" square.
Brother's birthday quilt
Poor Spicy deserves props for holding up such a large quilt for an extended time. Plus, as you can see, it's a kitty magnet. When I was calculating the dimensions for the backing, i forgot to add 8 inches and only added 4. this was cutting it really close when i did the quilting. next time i'll remember to add the extra inches. i finally bought a 24x36 cutting mat and i don't know how i ever lived without it. squaring up the quilt was a lot easier this way.
Brother's birthday quilt
for the quilting, i narrowly edged around each octagon with my walking foot. then i free motioned the centers and the diamonds.
Brother's birthday quilt
the outer khaki edges were stippled and the brown stripe has a single line of loopy quilting all around. it was actually fairly quick to quilt this way. it only took me 2 days.
Brother's birthday quilt
i tried a new binding method. i cut strips of continuous bias binding using the tutorial at the dread pirate rodgers. this was also my first try with rounded corners. does anyone know why the edges got all twisty in the wash? i'd use this method again except that i'm not loving the results. i'm perfectly willing to chalk it up to personal sloppiness if it's something i can correct.

one of these days i'll end my obsession with square quilts. i think this was my biggest so far and it wasn't too scary. i used up a lot of "firsts" with this quilt. i hope my brother likes it.

6 comments:

  1. You did a really lovely job on the quilting. Adding extra inches is something I skimped on when I made my first quilt, and I definitely learned a lesson there! Hello, kitties!

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  2. Lucky brother! It's a lovely Quilt.

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  3. Wow, this is so beautiful! I LOVE the colors and how they look in each block! Really great work!

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  4. Wow, this is outstanding. It's funny that the border was a last minute decision, because I think it really pulls the whole thing together.

    I think your corners got twisty because of the rounded corners, and the fact that it's hard to curve straight fabric around an edge unless it's stretchy. Was it bias binding, or just cross-grain?

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  5. If I could get normal binding to not look like crap, I'd be able to tell you...but yeah! Ha ha!
    I like this! Does the quilt come with a side of free cat butt?

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  6. Congratulations on finishing this quilt. What an awesome gift for your brother!

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