Sassy Sixteen … Plus Fourteen

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.

IMG_9081It was tough to get a full picture of the quilt, because it is massive. It’s also incredibly heavy. You can see but both my husband and my son are holding it over the ledge.

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!