This quilt has been a long time in the making. It began in early 2013 when I found out that my uncle was getting married and was born out of my strong desire to make a carpenters star quilt. I queried my uncles then soon-to-be wife and we settled on a red and white color scheme. Without delay I started buying up every red or white fabric I found on the internet, not really thinking about theme or overall composition. Keep in mind I didn't have a stash yet so to make a scrappy carpenters star I needed fabric. Since it's hard to tell what color red a fabric is online, the reds in this quilt vary from pink and peach to burgundy and orange. Because of my buying fervor there are some really interesting fabrics in this quilt. Some of my favorites include:
- red and white zebras
- balloon dogs
- "How to iron a shirt" fabric
- coloring book animals
- Pi and the angles of a triangle
I cut without a plan too. I knew I needed to make half-square triangles so I started cutting ALL of the fabrics I had bought into 10" squares. Then I sewed them into HST using the biggest, widest seam you can imagine. This was before I knew was a 1/4" seam was. The large seam resulted in blocks that were roughly 7", give or take an inch....more or less. I wasn't big on consistent sizing yet either I guess. Either way, the top came together fine.
I added three borders to the top to bring the size up to just under queen sized. One dark solid red, a 1 inch solid white, and then an red plaid to take it from square to rectangular. I didn't actually get a measurement on it before gifting. Let just leave it at "large cuddle couch quilt" / "small queen bed quilt" sized. I used the same red plaid on the back, but again, I wasn't big on measuring so I had to supplement with the excess red blocks I had cut and a pieced heart using scraps from the front. Personally, I really love the back of this one. The splashes of extra color make me pretty happy.
Originally I wanted to quilt this myself but the size of it was overwhelming to me. I made the decision and had it long-arm quilted locally. This is one of the reasons that the quilt took so long to make. When I got the quilt back I was really unhappy with the quilting. It was not what we had discussed when I dropped off my quilt, whole blocks were not quilted and the wrong thread color had been used. At that point I didn't know what to do so the quilt just sat for literally years needing only a binding.
Finally I decided that it wasn't worth it to take the quilt back and have it re-quilted. I certainly didn't want to rip all of those stitches out and frankly, didn't trust the long-armer to do it. So I sucked it up, cut a binding, and finished it in time to gift at our family Thanksgiving this year. And I'm glad that I did. They loved it, even though it was two years late, and were so excited to get a quilt. And to be honest, I didn't even notice the quilting when I gifted it and I don't notice is now in the pictures either. I guess I just needed an expectation adjustment. After all, Finished IS better than Perfect.
Remember that pile of squares that I cut at the beginning? Some of them became my Sailor's Take Delight quilt that I finished and gifted this summer.