In between sewing as much as I can for the Blissfully Made Shop on Etsy, I also take requests from friends and family. At the beginning of the summer, my mother in law asked me to make a quilt for her bed. She said it didn’t have to be anything fancy, she just couldn’t find one in the colors she needed for her room anywhere. Of course I said yes, I couldn’t wait for her to pick out the fabric that she wanted so I could get started, I was so excited to try something new!
Once she picked out the fabrics she wanted, I went and got them, brought them all home and just stared at the sheer volume of it. Did I mention she needed a California King size quilt?? I’ve lived in the realm of baby quilts for so long that I didn’t know where to get started. And I was terrified to mess something up on it because buying replacement fabric for a quilt this size would be significantly more than for a baby size quilt.
Well… after sitting on it for a few days and checking, then rechecking the measurements I had calculated, there was nothing left for me to do but to get started. This was not a fast project by any means. I did make my fair share of mistakes, but that forced me to think outside of the box to fix it and I really did learn a lot while making this quilt. And I am so happy to say that it is finally finished and living in its home at my mother in laws!
I love how it ended up coming together! On the front I stitched in the ditch along the inner patterned fabric and along the connecting diagonals.
*On the back of the quilt it is easier to see where the stitches are.*
Due to the size of the quilt, on the back I had to sew 2 pieces of fabric together to get the width I needed. Don’t you just love this pattern?
I tried my best to sew it so the pattern was matching, just in case my mother in law wanted to reverse the quilt or have the top turned down.
These pictures were all taken on my queen size guest bed. I think it makes the quilt look a little off since the center pattern isn’t really centered, but you gotta work with what you have.
Even though there were times I wanted to quit while making this quilt, or times I was just too scared to continue, I am so glad it is done and I am so happy with how it turned out! It is exactly what I had envisioned before starting this project. So I guess the moral of the story of this quilt is that when things get hard, if you just keep pushing through, you might be amazed at what you are capable of!
So, what’s on your sewing/ crafting table right now? Have you had any projects like this, difficult to do, but so worth it in the end?