My beautiful Pacific Crest quilt made me realize I’ve never made a quilt for my own bed. Honey and I have a beautiful queen-sized half canopy iron bed and buying bedding for it has always been a challenge.
I picked up a fat quarter bundle of Dapper, the new line by Luke Haynes for Moda, at sample spree during Quilt Market in the fall. I’d met Luke at Quilt Market in Portland a couple of years ago and love his work, so I knew I’d probably love his fabric. I was right. Gorgeous wovens in colors that make me happy.
But 30 fat quarters is a lot and I really had no idea what to do with them. One of my coworkers is a big fan of the Sassy Sixteen quilt pattern by Divine Inspirations. We’ve used it at the shop to make a couple of samples, including one with Robert Kaufman’s Shetland Flannels. Sandy assured me that it was really easy to enlarge the pattern to a queen size, especially because I had so many fat quarters to work with.
She was right! Actually the biggest challenge for me was not overthinking the fabric. Sandy suggested I just grab and sew. This might be an easy thing for some folks but I’m a little (OK, a lot) Type A. I’ve been known to mock up quilts in Illustrator with imported fabric swatches to make sure I’d be happy with the finished product. “Grab and sew” required a little deep breathing on occasion!
I did allow myself a little more Type A time when it came to arranging the blocks. I didn’t worry about colors touching but I did try to avoid having the same fabrics touching. I grouped the borders by color and arranged them in a little more orderly fashion, too. It was still pretty low-key for my style of planning and I think it made for a finished product that I’m quite happy with.
I’d love to quilt it myself but I’m not sure how I want it quilted. And since I have no idea what I’m putting on the back, I’m not in a huge hurry — although it sure would be nice to snuggle under it with the wintry blast of weather we’re having right now!