Tuesday, December 18, 2012

A quilt for my dad and his wife....

My dad and his wife are the only immediate family members that I've never made a quilt for. Partly because I have always been on the hunt for "the perfect" fabrics for them. Their house is all in whites and various shades of beige. It's been a hard hunt these past several years for some neutrals that weren't "country" looking. 

Then came "Little Black Dress" by Basic Grey. I knew that was it! It's the perfect colors and fabric patterns for them. I liked that there was some blacks and greys in there b/c it's adding a "color punch" but without being to "colorful", if that makes sense! 

Then to figure out a quilt design that again, wasn't "country" looking. (My dad had mentioned before that they don't like "country-looking" quilts) I also only had about 3-4 days to make it, so it needed to be an easy pattern. 

Enter the Postage Stamp Quilt!
1200 2.5" squares! But I pieced it P.S. I quilt style and it was a piece of cake! I literally worked on this for about 3 or 4 days. I wish I tracked the actual hours because I finished this one pretty fast and it's BIG. 60" x 80". I cheated on the binding and machine attached both sides. Which I HATE doing because I'm not very good at it, but I just didn't have the time to hand stitch the back on this big one. I had to get it in the mail today for Christmas. 
When making this one, I didn't plan the fabrics out AT ALL. I literally pieced all the strips and then cut them up and when making the block grabbed whichever one. Then when I made the top, I grabbed finished blocks and sewed them together. I did alternate the "A" blocks and the "B" blocks but I didn't lay out the top or plan it in any way and I'm pretty pleased with the result. I love the randomness of it.

I love this fabric line with all the different whites, beiges, and grays. I hope they like it and I definitely need to make a postage stamp quilt for me. I LOVE the way they look!