In November, my youngest sister made a crafting request for her college graduation in December – a quilt big enough for her bed. I almost fell over at the request for two reasons: 1 – I had never made a quilt that large before. and 2 – She usually does not usually ask for things. I knew I was not going to get it done in time for graduation, but I immediately started planning. First, I had my sister pick a pattern and colors. We decided on the Raspberry Dessert pattern by Jaybird Quilts in turquoise and black. Sometime in December I ventured out to Joann’s to choose the perfect fabrics. My sister approved through Snapchatting photos. Over Christmas break I cut the fabric into the strips and squares necessary, which I rarely do. I am a pre-cut and/or wonky kind of quilter. After this experience, I will stick to my pre-cuts, thank you. Slowly I pieced the quilt together in January and February.
Then after I finished the quilt top and stitched together a back, I decided to send it to Missouri Star Quilt Company for the quilting part. This size of quilt was never going to fit in my small machine and I would not want to have tried! My sister picked out the quilted pattern. I waited about three weeks for it to come back to me. And wow, was I impressed. They did such an amazing job on the quilting and getting the quilt square. Saved me a lot of agony (well that is what I would call it – other people seem to enjoy this step). After all of that work, I had to hand sew the binding, right? Again, how people see that part as enjoyable, I am not sure. And black binding was definitely difficult to see. I spent about a week working on the binding in the sunlight. I ordered a custom label from Etsy to include (my first quilt with a label!) and off it went to my sister – about six months after the original request and long after graduation! But she loves it.
So this was the largest, most expensive, and best quilt I have ever made. I have no desire to make another one any time soon…although I seem to say that after every quilt I make. Next one on my requested list is a toddler sized quilt for my goddaughter’s birthday in August. I can handle that, but I better start now. :)