Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to. That’s when I feature them on the blog. This is one of those days.
Today’s topic is all about our quilt that was featured in the 2022 Fall Issue of Quilts and More. You can get the magazine HERE on Amazon. This quilt…
This quilt has a bit of an epic story. Epic in this case means long, not spectacular. So let me start at the beginning, November of 2021. At that time I was contacted by the magazine. Being I’m a regular contributor they periodically contact me to see if I have something they could use last minute…and that’s what this contact was about.
They needed a project for immediate publication. I sent them pictures of this quilt…
They accepted it right away and I sent it off. You can read more about it HERE.
Well, that got me thinking that they likely needed more quilts for upcoming publications so I quickly designed a quilt with the idea of using a layer cake in mind. That was the Perfect Match quilt.
They accepted that immediately. I left the fabrics up to them saying I would make it in whatever fabric they wanted. I was told great. They would get back to me. This was in November. I had a deadline date of February 1st.
Fast forward to mid December. I still had not heard from them. I was now taking oral chemo and could see it was starting to get me foggy and not feeling quite as good. I was nervous I was going to get sicker so I wrote a note saying I needed to know what fabric they wanted to use so I could get this quilt made. I explained that I had cancer and was going through treatment. A few days later I got a message with three options of fabric lines. Two were Riley Blake designs and one was from Moda.
I like Riley Blake fabrics but don’t have any direct contact info for anyone there so…I opted to go with Moda because I have regular contacts with several people there. Anything to get the fabric here faster as I was getting sicker and sicker.
Well, my request came in about the same time as the holidays rolled in. People were out of the office taking family time and then inventory was starting in. I didn’t get my fabric until January. UGH. Now I was feeling worse.
Remember that terrible acne, so bad I could barely touch my face? Then came the terrible mouth sores, headaches, raging blood pressure, and isolation. YEP. That was time I finally had everything to start the quilt.
Because of the delay in getting everything, I ordered extra fabric. It’s a good thing I did.
I struggled through making the quilt top. This is what I made…Imagine it only as top. I wasn’t feeling well at all by this point so even though I normally could have handled the longarming. I contacted my friend Carla and asked her to do it. Carla said yes but now I put her in a crunch. I wrote to the magazine and they said no worries. Just get it in when you can.
By now I got a notification that the gal at the magazine that I had been working with moved on and found a new job. I wondered if that was why the slow responses when I was trying to hear back from them on the fabric selection.
Then Carla contacted me. She thought there was something wrong with the quilt. She was having trouble seeing the pattern and consistency in it to do the longarming. She sent pictures to me. Oh, my word. I was sick…only this time, sick because Carla was right. The quilt was wrong.
To clarify. The quilt is okay as is but it isn’t how it was meant to be. Look at the picture below. See how the individual squares are lined up and centered. That is how I meant the quilt to be. In the photo above, they are not centered and lined up.
I’d like to also point out that the first quilt I made used a darker gray and the one that was published used a lighter gray. Which one do you like better? I think it popped a little more on the darker gray…but the lighter is softer. Pick whichever for the look you’re going for.
Here is a close-up picture to help you see my error.
Isn’t Carla’s quilting fabulous??
By now it was the beginning of February. I was feeling a little bit better. The headaches were easing. My mouth was terrible but I didn’t need my mouth to help me sew. So over the course of a weekend, I sewed the top and got it to Carla.
I asked for an extension from the magazine and they granted it. Carla went all out and finished this for me in record time. I was so grateful.
Carla gave the “wrong” top back to me. You can read more about it HERE.
Many of you said you couldn’t see what was wrong with the first quilt. You are right…it’s a good enough quilt in its own right, just not the quilt I intended. I did finish it and donated it to Ukraine. I’m sure whoever got the quilt doesn’t really care if the individual squares line up or not.
Now for a question from Deb K. She asked:
“How did you cut the layer cake for Perfect Match. Just found the magazine and had bought the layer cake this spring eggnog you were working on it.”
I did make mine using a layer cake. If you are super careful you can get it out. The magazine opted to write the directions using fat quarters as they didn’t want someone who made a cutting error to be frustrated. If you haven’t bought fabric for it yet I suggest getting a layer cake and one 1/2 yard cut of your favorite prints from the line. That way if you do make a mistake cutting, you can always just make a couple of extra blocks using your favorite print.
This is how I cut my layer cake. I didn’t have any squares left from the fabric line so this is just a piece of fabric that I cut to the 10″ square size. This quilt could easily be made with scraps.
Please keep in mind, that I can’t give you all of the exact measurements of everything as the magazine owns the pattern. They wrote it.
Cut your 10″ square in half so you have a two 5 x 10″ pieces. With the left half, cut two 5 x 5″ squares. From the other half cut the four 2″ squares.
Cut the 3 1/2″ square and the two 1 1/2″ squares for the doll quilt.
Cut two extra 2″ squares.
It should look like this…
Do that for however many doll quilt blocks you need. Then stop cutting the 3 1/2″ pieces and only cut the 1 1/2″ pieces you need for the blocks that only need a single square.
If you cut the way I explained, from each block you can get, the pieces needed to make two large blocks you see on the left, the doll block on the lower right, the individual squares on the middle right, and what you see at the very top in the only waste you’ll have.
You can see why I said you have to cut carefully.
I hope that all makes sense.
If you’ve read all the way through this post, you’re in luck. I have a giveaway. I didn’t announce it at the beginning of the post because I wanted to treat loyal readers. It looks like you are likely one of them.
I have one layer cake by Moda from The Sea and Me line designed by Stacy Iest Hsu. It’s the exact line I used to make the quilt. I’d like to give it away to you! I purposely ordered an extra layer cake hoping I wouldn’t need it and could gift one. MANY thanks to Moda for providing it.
THE GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED: Many thanks to all who entered.
The only thing you need to do is leave a comment and tell me how long you’ve been a quilter. I’ll pick a winner in a couple of days. THANKS so much.
Here are some links that you might want to check out.
The Chemo Quilt Finish
The Quilts and More Finish
Link to get Magazine with Pattern
Link to Carla’s Longarm Quilting Inspirations Facebook Page
So now I think you know the whole story about our Perfect Match/Chemo Brain quilt.