Sometimes projects go in and out of here that I often forget what’s out or where it is. That was the case of this quilt until someone told me it was hanging in American Patchwork and Quilting’s booth at the Houston Quilt Market.
First off…there is the magazine the quilt it in…December 2019 issue 161.
I had forgotten that it was in this issue until a blog reader contacted me and said, “Love your quilt in APQ magazine”. Hmm, I thought. Which one was that?
I went online and looked it up. Yep. Now I remembered.
Later I got a message from Carla the gal that does a lot of our longarming if the quilt is going in a magazine. She said..Did you quilt the quilt that’s in the December issue of APQ? I said yes…. She was surprised. Typically I don’t do costume quilting and I don’t do anything like this.
Then Carla asked, “Did you use rulers?” I said nope. She was surprised again.
What happened was I had this top here that I adored but hadn’t quilted it. I wanted some motivation so I snapped a couple pictures of it and sent it in to the magazine for consideration. They said yes…can you have it here ASAP? Oh great. I wasn’t looking for that much motivation. Although I know Carla would have dropped everything, I knew what I wanted on the quilt and thought I could pull it off and it would be “good enough”. So I tried.
I did it free hand. Look close. You can see it’s free hand….I’m okay with it. I can do something like this….it’s just point to point quilting.
I hate working with rulers so free hand was my option….and look. It was good enough for magazine publication…and that’s proof that it’s okay to not be perfect and to just DO IT!
Well from there I was tagged in a Facebook post from Chris Wells on Quilted Twins’ page. She said that she saw a picture of my quilt on Instagram from the Houston Quilt Market. Oh my. I didn’t even know it was going there. Hmmm. I’m flattered. I hunted and tried to find a picture on line but didn’t see one. Ahhh. I figured it was all a myth and went on with life.
Then last week APS contacted me about sending back my quilt. I asked if the quilt was at Quilt Market in Houston and asked if I could see a picture of it. They sent this….It’s the middle quilt on the far right.
Well my quilt came home. Here it is.
Here’s a full layout. I had to laugh when I saw it. First off I do love the quilt…second off but I remembered my sticker shock when I had to proof the instructions for this quilt. It said I needed 1,968 half square triangles to make the quilt.
When I made it, I never counted. I have a LARGE stash of bonus triangles. You can read about them HERE on Bonnie Hunter’s blog if you aren’t familiar with them. I purposely designed this quilt to use up as many of them as I could. This quilt used plenty but I’m guessing I could make an entire quilt more with them.
This is small quilt for me….78 1/2″ x 84 1/2″. It used up so much scrap.
Here is their alternative color way…. It looks nice in brighter fabrics with whites too. It’s much cleaner and less busy.
Although the amount of triangle might be intimidating, it’s easy as it’s all the same block over and over except for the border. This came entirely from my 2″ bucket except for the binding. Even the backing was pieced together.
The backing has its own story. Remember they asked me to get the quilt to them ASAP. Well I had this backing at my house that I had put together for a different quilt. I was gifting it and Kramer hated pieced backings so I ended up not using the backing for the gifted quilt and then the backing sat here. When they said they wanted the quilt ASAP, I thought yes. I’ll use it on this quilt. The backing will never show in the magazine anyway.
I don’t think a backing has even shown on any other quilt we have ever had published. Oh my. This was a quilt with a story for sure.
So if you’re hitting up the newstand, be sure to check out our quilt in the December 2019 issue of American Patchwork and Quilting….Isn’t it more fun when you know the story behind the quilt? I sure think so.