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......
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!!