I recently posted a picture on Instagram of a baby quilt that I finished. I like to use a hashtag to keep track of quilts that I made each year. This year it's #handmademyrth2023. For fun I took a look at my hashtag and was slightly shocked to see that there were only 4 finished quilts that I've shared this year (and 2 were only baby quilts). But then I remembered that I have 2 quilts that I hadn't shared. Why? Because back in May when this quilt was finished I decided to write a tutorial for it. Finishing that tutorial (and posting the quilt) has been on my list of things to do for 5 months. And today I sat down and finished it! You can find it here.
This quilt came to be because I wanted to use up more of my Kona cotton solid fatquarters that I got as part of a subscription a few years ago. I pulled this pile of FQ from a couple of different bundles. You can find a list of the colors in the tutorial. Below you can see the rough idea that I drafted in EQ8 to get an idea of yardage & number of blocks needed.
Looking back through photos, looks like I started and finished this guy back in February 2023!
I backed this quilt in Minky Luxe which has a 12mm pile and makes for a super silky quilt.
My long arm-quilter quilted it for me with a design called "River Run #3" from Urban Elementz.
Here you can see the difference between regular minky (3mm pile) in black and the Minky luxe (12mm) in white that I used.
A new tutorial has been added to my website to help those who are interested in making a similar quilt. You can find it here. The tutorial has all of the quilt details.
Special note regarding my tutorials:
Some people ask why I post free tutorials and patterns, and the answer is that I do it for many reasons.
1. Because I find it to be a good mental challenge to teach myself to do the things involved in writing a tutorial. It takes website design skills, along with quilt math, and some graphic design skills (to make the diagrams).
2. I like having my tutorials as a reference for future quilt projects. I have sometimes gone back to see how I made a quilt when I want to remake it.
3. I don't feel that the things I'm posting are super complicated, original or unique. Therefore I don't believe that they should be sold. Now I realize that this is controversial, but this is how I feel . I don't believe that it is right for people to sell "patterns" for traditional blocks that have been around for years. I understand that it take my time to put them down in works and diagrams, but as I said above, I like the challenge.
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