This quilt will fulfill my mission of having every bed in our mountain house covered with one of my quilts. My ultimate motivation was two-fold. The first motivator is that I am hosting a quilting retreat for a group of ladies in June. The second motivator is that we are hosting my son's wedding, also in June. Do we see a little over-commitment here? Of course - I wouldn't have it any other way.
Part of my goal was to use up a bunch of my traditional; fabric as well as have the quilt fir that mountain aesthetic. To keep with that goal, I cut up lots of my fabric to use as the foundation. I cut 100 rectangles measuring 7" x 10".
Then I took a bunch of fabric and cut them into strips. I cut them without a ruler, varying the widths and not caring whether they were straight or not. I place a strip right side up diagonally on the rectangular foundation fabric. (Those words are from my ironing board cover.)
Then I placed another strip on top of the first, right side down and stitched it down with a 1/4" seam allowance.
After pressing that strip open, you can add strips on both sides of the existing strips. I do them assembly line style - usually 20 blocks at a time.
After covering the foundation fabric, it is time to trim.
I didn't find much shrinkage to the size of the block. I recommend using anything but a loosely woven fabric like a homespun to prevent shifting.
After prepping all 100 of the blocks, I sewed them together in pairs and then sewed the pairs together to form the diamond.
And this is the finished quilt top. If your family likes a heavy quilt - this project is for you. The top alone weighs a ton because of the extra layer from the foundation fabric. I am thinking about quilting it without batting so I don't add any more weight. But I think it would look too flat.
And I just couldn't resist sharing this last photo with you. How could you not love a dog that can sleep with her head resting on the bed of your sewing machine?