I did it! I really, really did it! I finished a complete queen sized quilt, turned it into a duvet, ruffled that baby, quilted it myself on my Bernina and we are actually using it on our bed!
A long while ago I was swept with the urge to buy the entire Freshcut collection from Heather Bailey and turn it into our bedroom quilt. I've never taken on a real quilting project like this one. As I think I've mentioned before (I talk to myself a lot - so sometimes it is unclear what I've actually said outloud. ha!) - I've made many turn and topstitch baby quilts and a couple of patched tie quilts, but this is the full-meal-deal of quilting.
Now - this is not the first one I've started. My Gypsy Caravan quilt was started before this one, but I had to stop half way through and regroup. I have a weird attachment to my Gypsy Caravan fabric and it wasn't turning out perfect so it got put to the side to age a bit more... like good scotch and cheese :)
So - back to Freshcut. I began in 2008 and then, as with my Gypsy quilt, something wasn't quite right. I blogged the beginning here. I became a member of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild and pretty quickly knew what was "wrong" with my quilt. It needed sashing! They both needed sashing! And so I ripped. My little seam ripper and I ripped all the blocks apart on both quilts and it felt great! Someone actually suggested I just cut the seam allowance off. That is blasphemy! And lose 1/2" off of each block?! P'sha! teehee.
I had already purchased these linen-like cotton panels from IKEA that I had put ruffles on for the bedroom and that's what I used to sash my quilt. Once it was sashed, backed, and quilted - I added a third layer to this tasty little cake and made it into a duvet cover and then sewed on the layers of yummy ruffles. The quilt is the perfect weight for summer and with the duvet in it is the perfect weight for winter. Pure perfection for our bedroom!
So, whatchya think?
I started with the Heather Bailey Freshcut Quilt pattern that is free from her website here.
I then adjusted the 12" blocks to be 16 1/2" blocks since I didn't want to add more blocks (making the number and pattern uneven) for the larger scale (queen) that I was making. I amount of yardage from the original pattern was sufficient for the increased size.
I sashed and bordered with 5" strips.