Beza's Picnic Ready with Her Charming X's Quilt
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Modifications: Added a 3 inch strip at the bottom and top of quilt to both add length and to use up as much of the material as possible
I picnic a lot and I’ve been meaning to make myself a small quilt to throw down whenever! Twill is a bit unconventional for a quilt backing but I chose to go with it as it is durable and tends to collect less than traditional cotton backing would in this application.
I love quilted garments but shy away from quilts because I don’t always have the patience for matching up my corners and all that good stuff. I cheated a bit and made my quilt face into strips and quilted and pieced together the quilt in one step. This made it go by really quick but I did miss a tiny end piece I had to go back and fix. I chose to bind with the twill which was great until I got to the corners. It was simply too much material to get into a neat corner. This is how I landed on the corner details. One corner is the same as a pattern you’d use as a fabric bookmark and the other three are free hand caps I made. Besides the corner the materials were a dream to work with. And if I were to do the project again I would likely use the same materials and just plan to do corner caps instead of having to trim down the bulk. I used a straight stitch on my machine with no special equipment. You could use a walking foot for when you quilt but I didn’t find the need to as I quilted and pieced at the same time.
These are probably all my favorite colors all on one quilt! This is also the first quilt I have done that isn’t going to be cut into garment pieces. The scrap fabric I used was what I had left over from a quilted pullover that I made over a year ago. It’s one of those pieces I put on and am instantly in a good mood. I’m so glad I have a piece of that quilted pullover in this quilt!
Overall, this quilt was so easy and quick to sew up. It’s probably going to live in my car as the blanket I reach for when I want to take a pit stop at the park to watch the sunset!
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