This quilt was made for one of my best friends. I decided this year that for my very closest friends I would make them a quilt for their birthday. Of course, let’s ignore the fact that her birthday was in April. But it’s finished and I love it so much! I am excited to give it to her this week. I made sure to prewash just the red binding–the rest I didn’t bother washing. I used a couple color catchers on each wash for the binding. On the second wash, I threw in a square of the Kona white cotton with the color catchers in with the red fabric and since the Kona came out perfectly white, I knew it would be ok. I washed it once the quilt was finished and put in another two color catchers–they turned a little pink but no bleeding whatsoever. Phew! I’ll also include a color catcher when I gift it to her, with wash instructions. I’ll also make sure she knows that if something goes wrong with the quilt that I’m able to repair it as needed. I used the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s tutorial for the Herringbone Quilt HERE. You can also see my tutorial HERE on how to make half square triangles very easily, if a video isn’t your thing. I only used 30 squares of the gray and 30 of white rather than the 42 the tutorial asks for. And the quilt is the perfect lap size quilt. Finished measurements are 63″ x 78″. I’ve already bought myself some fabric to make one for me. I LOVE love love how quickly the top goes together. It’s amazingly fast. And when you do straight line quilting yourself, and you also like to bind, it makes for a fairly fast quilt and also very rewarding. I’m not very fast but I’d say the total time on the quilt from cutting to binding was 12 ish hours. Some of you probably will mock me for taking so long but for me, that’s fast.
My original inspiration is from the Crafty Blossom HERE. Doesn’t she just have the most amazing quilts. I love everything she does. I’ve pinned quite a few and the quilt I’ll share next week (and another one soon) will be another inspired from her quilts.
The backing, as well as the solids and binding fabric, is all from Joann. I really love the backing fabric. More quilts will be posted soon. I’m really loving quilting these days. A whole bunch. It’s such a beautiful gift of time, as well as being completely practical. It really does make me feel like I’m wrapping someone up with love when I give them to others. And I love to see my family snuggled up with one. Maybe someday I will earn the title of Quilter :).