Monday, July 02, 2012

It's all in the numbers - 2117 - a big quilt finish!

First, a big thanks to all those who left comments and stopped to visit. It's such a little bit of excitement when we see a new comment isn't it?? :)

A big TA DA! for me last week. I finally finished sewing down the binding on the edge of this king-sized quilt I've been working on the last couple of years. I'm so happy!! I fell in love with this quilt at a quilt show 3 or 4 years ago - Moda Fabrics reproduced the fabrics and pattern from an antique quilt from the 1800's.

Here it is...........

Moda "Heritage Quilt 1846"

Close-up of the quilting

And here are the numbers.......

784 of these half-square triangles had to be sewn and pressed. Luckily I use half-square triangle paper which lets you make them assembly-line style.

196 small pinwheels were sewn from the half-square triangles...and a lot more pressing and sorting was done......

84 full sized and 28 half-sized blocks were made from the pinwheels and the background fabric.

339 pieces of fabric were used to make all the sashing rows.

Not to mention all the rotary cutting, pinning, sewing, pressing, ripping out and re-sewing, plus laying the rows out for assembly so that the colors were spaced out evenly and everything was kept organized. I also used 10 yards of coordinating fabric to make the backing.

This was too big of a quilt (107" X 107") for me to quilt on my home sewing machine so I had it quilted by a professional quilter with a longarm machine. She does awesome work but there is always a waiting list so I had to wait about 4 months to get it back. Then I made the binding for the edges - it was tough wrestling this big quilt around to sew on the binding.

Whew! 2117 pieces in total but I think it was worth it. But this may be the last king-sized quilt I'll make LOL. (I'm not even going to mention the cost of all the materials and the quilting...that's another big number....) I made this quilt for our master bedroom but at this point I'm a little afraid to actually use it given that my 2 dogs do get up on the bed. King-sized quilts are a pain to wash and dry when they get dog hair and stuff all over them. This is pretty light-colored so I may just use it as a blanket during the winter months and keep the bedspread on top of it. I should make a label for it in case it ends up at a thrift store someday when I'm long gone. Horrors!!


  1. WOO HOO! What a beautiful quilt you finished. Definitely worth the wait:)

  2. EXQUISITE!! Having tried quilting, I can truly appreciate all the work that went into your quilt. I wouldn't let it near my dog(s), LOL!

  3. My gosh, it's absolutely stunning!!! So worth all the time and effort. What a lot of pieces!! Wow! Huge congrats!

  4. CONGRATULATIONS!!! That is gorgeous and amazing and I am so impressed. I can't even imagine all the work! You can will it to me so it doesn't end up in a thrift store. ;)

  5. Congratulations, your quilt is stunning

  6. What a beautiful quilt! The colors are beautiful.

  7. Wow! That is amazing, Teresa--that must have been a ton of work with all those tiny pieces... Well done!!

  8. Oh Wow! What a fabulous finish! The colors are so beautiful, and you did a great job with those half square triangles. They can be tricky.
    I can't imagine that beauty ending up in a thrift store, but I think a quilt label is a good idea. You put so much into it, that someone down the road should know what they are getting.
    Have a great one!

  9. It really is so gorgeous!!!!! I love it and huge congrats on the finish :-).

  10. What an accomplishment! It's beautiful.

  11. a monument must be raised!... awesome!!!

  12. Congratulations, what an awesome quilt!

  13. WOW!!!! It is stunning!! What a great finish.

  14. It's a gorgeous quilt; I'm in awe of how beautiful it is! Lots of work but so worth the effort!

  15. What a gorgeous quilt! Looks so beautiful on your bed; the colors are so pretty, soft and warm!
    You should definitely add a label!
    Congratulations on an heirloom beautiful project!


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