Finally! I have been itching to show off this quilt for the last week and a half since I finished it, but because it was an un-wedding present for two of our closest friends I was worried that to parade it online would spoil the surprise. In any case, here it is – and almost queen-sized quilt made from two layer cakes (pre-cut fabric squares of 10-inches apiece) reconstituted into triangles and then sewn into a diamond pattern. Fabric is Curio by Basic Grey for Moda with Bella Solids “Natural” shade.
I feel like I really turned a corner on quilting with this project. While my actual quilting technique still lacks, I am pleased with the overall tidiness of this quilt, the precision of the piecing, and the strength of the binding. Because it was intended as a gift (which I decided to do at the last minute with only three weeks to spare) I took a lot of care with the small details – something I admit I am bad about when I do work for myself. Of course it takes almost no time to put the extra attention in as you work, and does it ever make a difference to the finished project!
Some of the things I think helped with my success on this piece include:
This quilt fits the top of a queen-sized bed but actually would tuck into the sides on a double – it’s about 80 x 80 inches. I think this is a good size for a gift as a full queen-sized quilt is really too large to use for anything other than a bed, while something of these dimensions is still usable on a couch or a guest bed.
I still have about 20 squares from this collection left over that I plan to turn into a lap quilt this summer as well. Very pleased with how this one turned out!