A Quilt for Jessie and James

I got the quilt finished and easily before the due date.  I wasn’t sure that would happen after the weekend drama.

Kelli came home on Tuesday to get some things she need for a college class and while she was home, I had her help me sew the top together.  Then yesterday I quilted and bound it. 

It is made with a Tranquilty layer cake, a moda marble cream fabric and brown fabric for the binding and cornerstones.   The polka dot backing fabric came from the clearance rack for $5 a yard.  The total size of the quilt is 67 x 74..perfect for a wedding gift.


If you want to make one it is SUPER easy.  Cut your 10 inch layer cakes into 5 inch squares.  Cut brown and cream fabric into 5 inch squares.  Follow Rachel’s disappearing nine patch tutorial putting the Tranquility squares in the outside corners, the brown in the center, and the cream fabric in the middle sides.  Cut your nine patches in half and wa-la, you have your blocks.  I love how it makes it’s own sashing….Sew the blocks together making sure to save some brown and cream to make top and side rows of sashing. 


I tried a new quilting desing on this quilt.  I was over at Anka’s Treasures Blog and saw how she draws a quilt design out on a dry erase board before she actually quilts.  I loved the design she showed in the lower left so I gave it a try.  I had a few mistakes that you can see if you’re a quilter but the average eye will pass them by.  I LOVED this quilting design once I got about half way finished and my confidence was a little higher.


I used a gold thread to quilt it and it was definately the right choice.  When I showed my hubby the quilt, he said…oh, I thought it was going to be plain. 

I love the Tranquility fabric.  There’s browns, oranges, reds and greens…perfect for this time of year.  If you are looking for a tranquility layer cake, check them out at Green Fairy Quilts.  They are only $20.95.  I don’t think layer cakes get cheaper than that!

I have a few more quilting projects in the make so check back for a new project in a couple days.

8 thoughts on “A Quilt for Jessie and James”

  1. Oooh!! I love this quilt! Fun colors and great design! I think it turned out perfectly! Sometimes a little added drama is just what we need to shake it up a bit!! :) You girls do good work!

  2. Thanks for sharing this method on stash manicure. It is such a great idea, and I have been looking for easy stash busters lately!

  3. Wow! Thanks for sharing this great idea. I have been holding onto some charm packs of Tranquility for about two years now, not knowing what to do with them. Now I know!

  4. Hi. I love this quilt. I am very new to the quilting world so pardon my dumb question. But I believe the blocks in this quilt have the four small brown squares at the outer four corners. If that is correct, how did you get the border in cream and regular, colored squares at the edges. I guess I need more instructions, at least to do the outer portion as you have done.
    Thanks! If I do make this, as I intend to, I’ll post a picture in this thread. :-)

  5. I’m getting ready to make this quilt. I can’t decide whether to use 5″ or 6″ squares. What do you think? Would appreciate your opinion. Thank you, Carolyn

  6. hi- beautiful quilt. i have a question: how many pieces of each color do you need to make this size quilt. i saw on the other page that 64 of the colored blocks, 64 of the brown blocks, and 64 of the beige/white blocks are needed for the 49 1/2 X 49 1/2 sized quilt. thanks

    1. Hi Angela–Thanks for your comment. We no longer have this quilt as we have given it away. I would recommend following the link in the post for the pattern that we used to make the quilt.

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