Sunday, 24 May 2015

A tale of two quilts

Maisie and Chester's quilts. Plural.  

Have you ever bitten off more than you can chew?  This is a tale of folly if ever I lived one.

As a devoted subscriber of Quilty Magazine, I fawned over the May/June 2014 edition and was quite taken with the Geese Migration pattern by Cynthia Brunz. Its simple yet effective design, made up of blocks with flying geese and 2" squares, was enhanced by the colour play of each block in a different tone.  I decided then and there it would be my next baby quilt. #everybabygetsaquilt I purchased a selection of Kaffe Fasset shot cottons for the 'sky' part of the flying geese units (this description makes sense to me, if not to you).  And I waited.  

And then my friend Kass told me she was pregnant.  

With twins.

No problem at all!  Will I just make one quilt?  Heck no, I'll make two. 

The pattern called for 25 blocks; two quilts, 50 blocks.  But I had such pretty fabric, such a shame not to feature it all!  So in my wisdom, I thought it would be a really great idea to make the quilts even larger than the pattern required.  I'll make 34 blocks!  Per quilt! 68 blocks total!  Each block with 30 pieces.  Reader, that's 2,040 pieces of fabric.

I discovered that when it came to my fabric scraps, it was amateur hour.   I had nothing like the fabric stash required to pull this off - and in so many colours!   I had to call in reinforcements.  I begged members of Melbourne Modern Quilt Guild to donate small scraps from their stash to help me out.  And did they what - people brought in bags of the stuff.  So generous! I could not have made these quilts without them.  Respect.

So, the quilts blocks were constructed and then I used an oatmeal cotton/linen for the sashing. For the backing, I chose a cute apple print fabric, one in red and one in yellow.  I then #matchstickquilted each in red/yellow respectively, and did the binding in, you guessed it, red/yellow.  

Chester or Maisie's red quilt

Maisie or Chester's yellow quilt
Two for the price of one.


  1. I so enjoyed watching these quilts grow. Awesome job SJ!

  2. They are truly spectacular!