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Jun 28 / Dani

Big Red

My bedroom design was partially guided by TJ’s desire to have a quilt for our bed. It took a while for me to narrow down what it was about a quilt that he liked – was it the piecing? A specific colour? The texture? After showing him some examples, looking at store bought quilts, it turns out it was the texture and weight that he wanted. Something very crinkly without a lot of fussiness.

Once I had the colourway of the room decided, I started my very simple, but very large bed quilt.

From 8 different red and cream fabrics I cut 324 5″ squares. 324. Obviously I needed to change my rotary blade after that.

Then I managed to carve out a space (by moving half of my living room furniture) to lay out all the pieces. I wanted to make sure I didn’t get too many of the darker reds too close together.

I then sewed together strips of 9 squares. Then seamed 9 strips of 9 together to make 4 quadrants. With the quadrants sewn together, I headed over to Laura’s to quilt the beast. (Well, after I seamed together 9! yards of fabric for the backing).

Thank goodness for long arms. There is just no possible way I could have quilted this with my little Singer.

I did a tight-ish meander pattern to give it as much crinkle as possible. I machine bound the edge with one of the stripe fabrics I had used in the quilt. I used invisible thread – I figured it was never going to get done if I had to hand sew the binding.

With a trip through the washer and dryer (that was an adventure. I probably should have taken it to a laundromat to use the commercial sized dryer. It was completely creased when I got it out of the dryer. I ended up wetting it down and laying it out flat to dry where the creases were) Big Red was complete.

And as for weight? You got it sweetie – 6.5lbs of it. That is a lot for a quilt, and it is wonderful to sleep under.


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  1. Geri / Jun 28 2010

    Wow! That’s amazing! You sure get things done! How fortunate that you knew someone who had a machine quilter. How long did it take for the machine to do the quilting?

    Nice job!

  2. missbedora / Jun 28 2010

    Really cool to see the process! Are the squares in any particular pattern?


  3. Terri / Jun 28 2010

    that is one gorgeous quilt! I don’t sew or quilt but my mom does and that’s an enormous project but so beautifully done.

  4. Robin / Jun 28 2010

    Love the meandering quilt pattern. Very nice.

  5. JenH / Jun 29 2010

    Hey Dani,

    What kind of camera do you use? It’s nice to make beautiful things and it would be nice to take beautiful pictures of them. Your pics are always so nice!


  6. Mom / Jun 29 2010

    Gorgeous quilt, so suits the room. By the way, tell TJ that the bed tables are amazing!

  7. jackie / Jul 6 2010

    WOW! Beautiful job! It’s nice that you have access to a quilting machine. What a time saver.

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