Scrap-quilting secrets for bed quilts

Detail of Farmer's Daughter quiltWouldn’t it be nice if every bed-quilt pattern had directions for adapting the design to the size of bed you need it for? Famed scrap-quilting designer Sally Schneider can attest to having the same wish. She believes that for many quilters, the ultimate goal is to make a quilt for her or his bed. After all, who doesn’t want to sleep under a cozy quilt that they’ve made themselves? When it comes to quilting, not much can top it!

Sally’s latest book, Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen, is dedicated to helping you find the perfect quilt pattern for your bed, in the size that you need. Once you decide on one of Sally’s 10 beautiful quilt designs, simply choose the size you want and get stitching. Materials lists, cutting charts, and block-layout diagrams are included for every size—lap, twin, queen, and king. No number-crunching required!

(Just in case you’re wondering, here’s a sizes-of-quilts chart to help determine approximate bed-quilt dimensions.)

Sizes-of-quilts chart

So, Sally’s got your bed-quilt sizes covered (no pun intended). But if you know Sally Schneider, you know that she’s truly famous for one thing—her amazing scrap-quilting skills. Her quilts are firmly rooted in traditional design, and yet her color palettes are always fresh and unexpected. How does she combine all of those bits and pieces into such stunning quilts? Sally shares a few of her scrap-quilting secrets in the following excerpt from Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen.


Strategies for Scrap Quilting
Excerpt from Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen by Sally Schneider

Sally SchneiderI identify scrappy quilts as those made from many fabrics rather than just a few. Most of mine have upwards of 75 fabrics in them, and some have many more than that. They aren’t necessarily scraps in the truest sense of the word, but the quilts are made with small pieces of many fabrics, including fat quarters.

It’s all well and good to collect fat quarters, but they won’t do your quilts any good if they just sit in a drawer or on a shelf. You have to cut them up and use them. I came up with a way to cut fat quarters into pieces that are just what I need to make my scrap quilts. From each fat quarter, I cut a 1½", 2″, 2½", 3″, 3½", and 5″ strip across the 21″ width. That takes most of the fat quarter, leaving just enough for trimming.

Cutting a fat quarter for scrap quilting

I store the strips by size in pullout baskets under my cutting table—one basket for each size, except for the 2½"-wide strips. I have two baskets for those because I seem to use more of them than other sizes. When I am ready to make a quilt, I cut out all the background pieces, and then get out my basket of the required-size strips. I rummage through the strips to find the style of fabric or the colors I’m looking for, and then cut individual pieces. It’s so much easier to do it this way rather than going to the fabric shelf, selecting a fabric, unfolding it, ironing it, trimming the edge, cutting the needed strip, then refolding and reshelving the fabric. When you cut your fabrics into strips ahead of time, you’re much more likely to use them in quilts.

Three Methods for Quilting with Scraps

I have three coloring techniques I use for making scrap quilts—the coordinated-block method, the fabric-menu method, and the brown-bag method.

The coordinated-block method is probably the most comfortable for the majority of people, because the fabrics in each block harmonize or coordinate with each other. The blocks all hang together because we use just one background fabric. That separates each block just enough from the next one to allow the eye to see it as a single block. With this method, I use the background fabric as sashing too, further allowing the blocks to appear as individuals. The coordinated-block method is evident especially in “Festival Star.” Three coordinated fabrics make up each block, but the same fabrics are not used in any other block in the quilt.

Detail of Festival Star quilt
Detail of “Festival Star”

The fabric-menu method involves assigning a specific color or style of fabric to each part of a block. Glenda Beasley used this method in “Laurel Wreath and Garden Maze.” The chevron units are all different florals, while the arrow shapes are semisolid bright colors.

Detail of Laurel Wreath and Garden Maze quilt
Detail of “Laurel Wreath and Garden Maze”

The brown-bag method was used for “Ohio Star and Courthouse Steps.” The Courthouse Steps blocks are made with 1½"-wide strips that literally came out of brown bags. I separated the darks and lights, and had two bags next to my sewing machine. It is a fun way to work. It makes you relax and realize that you can use all kinds of fabrics together, and they will look great once the quilt is finished. I used Asian prints, Civil War reproductions, batiks, stripes, plaids, and florals together in the quilt. Because the design depends on the contrast between lights and darks, the fabrics all work together.

Detail of Ohio Star and Courthouse Steps quilt
Detail of “Ohio Star and Courthouse Steps”


Scrap Quilts Fit for a QueenReady to slice up your fat quarters like Sally does? What a genius idea! You can explore many more scrap-quilting tips in Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen. See all of Sally’s beautiful quilts from the book at the bottom of this post.

Have you tackled a bed quilt—or are you still dreaming about making one? Leave your bed-quilt story in the comments and you could win a copy of the Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know if you’ve won by email. Good luck!

Comments are closed for this post.

Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Maryellen, who writes:

“I’ve made a few bed quilts, but they are not scrappy. I love her suggestion for cutting FQs. I have some collections I want to use, and would love to see the book to get more ideas. Thanks for sharing this post!”

Maryellen, we’ll email you about your free eBook. Congratulations!


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Diamond Ring

"Diamond Ring"

Farmer's Daughter quilt

"Farmer's Daughter"

Festival Star quilt

"Festival Star"

Happy Days quilt

"Happy Days"

Japanese Stars and Pinwheels quilt

"Japanese Stars and Pinwheels"

Laurel Wreath and Garden Maze quilt

"Laurel Wreath and Garden Maze"

Maple Star quilt

"Maple Star"

Merry-Go-Round quilt

"Merry-Go-Round"

Ohio Star and Courthouse Steps quilt

"Ohio Star and Courthouse Steps"

Skagit Valley Spring quilt

"Skagit Valley Spring"


70 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Thanks for promoting my book today on the blog! So much fun to open facebook and see Happy Days right there!

    Sally Schneider on January 29, 2013
  • This book is a must have, thanks for the chance to win it! So far I’ve only made twin sized, but have a scrappy double in process, and need to make 2 king sized ones for my married children! Yikes, what a jump in size!

    —Kathy O in GA on January 29, 2013
  • Nine years ago I found the perfect pattern and focal fabric for my dream quilt but had only scraps of coordinating fabrics from years before to try to match. 8 years, $300 and tons of fabric later I changed all the colors of the coordinating fabrics and the pattern to accommodate the revised fabrics only to find that I didn’t have enough focal fabric to finish the quilt properly. Math not being my strongest skill, I tried taking one square pattern size and expanding it to make a king size quilt along with purchasing the proper amount of fabric.

    So now this quilt top will go in the guest bedroom if I ever get it finished.

    —Judy B on January 29, 2013
  • I’ve made a few bed quilts, but they are not scrappy. I love her suggestion for cutting FQs. I have some collections I want to use, and would love to see the book to get more ideas. Thanks for sharing this post!

    —Maryellen on January 29, 2013
  • I am still dreaming of a scrap quilt for my bed, but as I dream I work on smaller projects to learn techniques and to "make" scraps. I have made blocks that need to go together and have done charity quilts – so I am getting there!! thanks for more tips and ideas and most of all -encouragement!!

    —Cindy Wienstroer on January 29, 2013
  • My very first quilting project was a HUGE King Size bed quilt! I don’t believe in doing things by halves, lol. I stitched all the pieces together by hand, and it took me 3 weeks. I know, because I was stuck in bed with a bad back, so all I did was stitch, stitch, and stitch some more! I then quilted it on my normal household machine, and it’s been on our bed ever since. We LOVE it!!

    Judi

    —JudeB on January 29, 2013
  • I’ve made probably 10 bed quilts, although only one is on a bed in my house. The others live on the beds of friends and relatives. It’s true that the sizing for a bed quilt can be tricky. For me, sometimes planning the quilt takes longer than actually making it, so this book would be very helpful. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Lisa Marie on January 29, 2013
  • I am dreaming of a lovely, lightweight spring/summer quilt in yellows and greens. Something that will be peaceful and make me smile! I’m hoping to do a sampler quilt that uses a lot of the yellow and green fabrics that have been telling me to take them home with me over the past couple of years! :o)

    —Susan Mulvihill on January 29, 2013
  • I think I need more beds! I really like all of these scrap quilts. I have so many tubs of scraps that need a home. My own bed does not have a quilt made by me yet – I keep making them and giving them away! I have some blocks made, but I keep changing my mind about what color to make. This book looks like what I need to get me going in the right direction with my scraps.

    —Patty Moffitt on January 29, 2013
  • I’m a new quilter and am attempting my first twin size quilt for my husband, with plans for one for my son……..bass fishing. I’m having to do this all on a standard machine, so I am gearing up for a big project. Your information above on how to cut a fat quarter was great.

    Thanks.

    —Sher French on January 29, 2013
  • I tend to make bed sized quilts. If I am spending time and effort, I really want people to use my quilts. I have made at least 5 king sized, 5 queens and several Full as well as too many crib and kid sized quilts.

    If I am making a king for my bed, I tend to make the borders a bit bigger than those often given. Firstly, my bed has one of those big mattresses and secondly, with a husband who is 6’4″, I need the extra width and length!

    I used one of the Company Store’s oversized measurements. I now want to make a pieced, backed duvet cover for my bed.

    —Judi Reiss on January 29, 2013
  • I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. I will make up to a Queen but no larger. I prefer Twin size. It’s easier to work with for me. You have given me new food for thought. I normally just cut 2 1/2 inch strips or 5 inch squares.

    —Chris on January 29, 2013
  • I would so love to win this awesome book!! I bought a Layer Cake, and have no clue where to start with it. This would help me so much to be able to figure out how to go about cutting it to make my queen size quilt for my husband and my bedroom. I have a fair amount of experience sewing, but piecing and quilting are pretty new to me. Thank you for this give away, I hope I am the winner! 🙂

    —Kathy Gates on January 29, 2013
  • I usually don’t go for scrap quilts, but I just fell in love with "Laurel Wreath and Garden Maze". I need this book!

    —Lynne on January 29, 2013
  • I would love to tackle a quilt for my King-sized bed but have been afraid. Maybe this book is just what I need.

    —Karen on January 29, 2013
  • I have tried tackling a bed size quilt for our queen size bed. It’s a Feathered Star pattern with 3 blocks across and 3 blocks down. The border is made with rows of Delectable Mountain blocks. I am making it with two colors of fabrics, cranberry print for the main pieces and cream on cream print for the background. "Tackling" certainly describes the construction of this quilt, because it still isn’t finished after 10 years and I need to re-tackle it and git-er-done!

    —Vicki Sprain on January 29, 2013
  • I haven’t made a bed size quilt yet, but we just built a new house and I’d love to make a quilt for the new guest room bed and one for our master bedroom. This book would be perfect for creating just the right size quilt for each bed. Thanks for the sweet giveaway 🙂

    Terry on January 29, 2013
  • Wow, I’ve never been first before. I love Sally’s ideas for organizing and using scrap and fat quarters. I’ve had a stack of FQ’s destined for a quilt for my bedroom for about 2 years now, but have yet to tackle it. This book would be a great help!

    —Pat V. on January 29, 2013
  • I have a bed quilt I am planning on making one day. It is based on a rug design that my husband had when we got married. It is made of solid colors. I like scrappy quilts and am slowly collecting enough scraps to make the quilt. I am going to use the cutting method for a fat quarter from your article. It will be a great way for me to collect what I need and keep things organized until I actually sit down and put it together. Thanks.

    —Sharon Merrick on January 29, 2013
  • Haven’t worked up the courage to tackle a bed quilt yet but with this book, Scrap Quilts Fit For a Queen I just might!

    —Karon Henderson on January 29, 2013
  • The first quilt I made was a bed quilt for a double bed. I never used it on that bed because shortly after we bought a new bed – a queen-sized bed. That quilt might not be on my bed but it’s still my favorite quilt.

    —lindawwww on January 29, 2013
  • I do have a few bed quilts under my belt now but can remember when it was a daunting quilting "must do". In hindsight, I realize it’s really no harder than a lap quilt, it just takes the extra time and discipline to do the extra piecing and quilting of all the extra blocks (and some extra wide borders can sometimes go a long way to reduce all that extra piecing!).

    For your first bed quilt project, pick a simple block design to reduce the piecing tedium. If it’s the quilting that scares you, look into trying some of the many techniques out there that let you divide the quilting into sections to make it less intimidating.

    Vivian on January 29, 2013
  • Love Sally’s ideas for making scrap quilts. They are my favorites and I have lots of scraps to use! I have made some bed quilts and find sleeping under one I’ve make very satisfying. Like comfort food for the body! Would love to win this book.

    —Ellie on January 29, 2013
  • I am a beginner quilter with less than 2 yrs teaching myself. I love the "Ohio Star and Courthouse Steps" as I enjoy both patterns independently and to combine them was far from my grasp.

    The only quilt I have actually made was a lap quilt for my daughter’s teachers’ mother as she was an avid quilter but lost interest. I was hoping the lap quilt would raise her spirits during her husbands hospitalization (he died shortly afterward). I made it from scraps and did an appliqued design.

    Being so new to quilting, every project that gets completed, and not thrown out, is a delight. To learn how to take my ‘unworthy’ attempts make them scraps that could turn into something as amazing as Sallys, I can see me creating everyone in the family a quilt (instead of pot holders which all the women got last Christmas).

    —Evelyn Johnson on January 29, 2013
  • Several years ago my husband went to a "boring’ conference in beautiful Montana. He made a restroom break and just happened to wander out the front door and into a quilt shop.(Maybe he thought the conference folks wouldn’t look for him there!) He saw a Thimbleberries sampler quilt hanging and found that they had it kitted up.So he bought it. Later a fellow conferee said she wwent through the quilt shop and they really didn’t have much. He couldn’t admit that he had been there and found a quilt to his liking. He was also very proud that he picked up ‘all those plastic things’ so I could duplicate their quilting designs after piecing the top. It became my special project when I went to Sister’s Oregon Quilt show with my sisters and friends. Now it’s our winter quilt because I used a nice wool batt.

    —Kathy on January 29, 2013
  • Wow, there’s not one quilt I don’t love in this book – that just never happens! Hope I win, but either way, it’ll be in my quilting library soon. Thanks!

    —Janet on January 29, 2013
  • This book looks super interesting! It makes me wanna go to my sewing room and start cutting up all those FQs 😀 I have not finished a bed sized quilt yet but I do hope to get one done soon! I have in mind memory quilts for my children made from their Dad’s clothing and photos printed on fabric.

    —candace on January 29, 2013
  • I love scrap quilts and I have only made one quilt that was not scrappy. So much fun! Most of the quilts are queen sized or twin. I made my
    husband an scrappy puzzle quilt with blocks telling the story of his life, I chose a wool batting and flannel back. It is my go to quilt to take on retreats for my cot, so warm and comfy. I can’t wait to get this book! Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    —Diane Wright on January 29, 2013
  • This is an awesomebook with amazing quilts! I would love to call it my own.

    Angela on January 29, 2013
  • Beautiful quilts! I have only completed 2 bed quilts… a twin & a full sized. Next I need to tackle a queen & 2 kings…. This book would be wonderful inspiration!

    —Jeannine on January 29, 2013
  • I’d love to win this e-book! Most of my quilts ARE scrappy but I seem to make more lap quilts than bed quilts. Sounds exciting!

    Alicia Key on January 29, 2013
  • I have made a bed quilt and it was made with scraps. It’s a king size spread and the blocks consist of mostly one inch pieces. There is so much fabric in the quilt because of the many seams and my husband equates it to the lead aprons the dentist lays over you while having an x-ray! Myself, I just think it is just right.

    Karen in Breezy Point on January 29, 2013
  • I have heaps of fat quarters and never thought of cutting them up as described. Will have to give it a go with some of them.

    I have made many bed quilts varying from cot size to Queen. Many of them using ‘scraps’ as they were leftovers. All have been given away. I do however have a hand sewn nearly finished pieced top which I plan on keeping for myself. Just need to finish a few more flying geese and add borders and then it will be ready for quilting – this is one that I don’t work on very often anymore. Must get it out and get working!

    But I have to say that doing scrap quilts is my favourite – so many materials can be used.

    —Debby on January 29, 2013
  • I’ve never made a bed quilt or a scrappy quilt, but several are on my bucket list. I love the tip for cutting up FQs. I have lots of them and they would make great scrap quilts. I would love to win the Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen eBook! Thanks for the chance!

    —Deb G. in VA on January 29, 2013
  • This book looks great! I’ve heard of cutting FQ’s into strips before, but this is the first time it really made sense to me. I’m thinking this would be a huge project initially, but that, yes, it will help me to USE all the fabric I’ve accumulated. Thanks so much for the information!

    —Darlene B on January 29, 2013
  • I love the quilts in this book. My most recent bed-sized quilt was a scrappy Storm at Sea that I finished in November.

    —Julie in GA on January 29, 2013
  • The other day my husband asked me why don’t we have quilt on our bed? I got to thinking about that question. We have quilts on all the other beds, on the wall, hanging from banister and over half walls, even on the bed on our boat, so why not on our bed? I think I need to make one just for us!

    —Barbara Snider on January 29, 2013
  • I can’t thank Sally Schneider enough for her comment, "It’s all well and good to collect fat quarters, but they won’t do your quilts any good if they just sit in a drawer or on a shelf. You have to cut them up and use them."
    I have a wonderful collection of fat quarters, neatly housed in a lovely wooden 20 drawer chest, bought just for these pieces of fabric. Every time I begin a quilt, I look through my ‘treasures’, yet I find it almost impossible to take one out and use it!
    I LOVE the idea of cutting my collection up and sorting it into useable strips.
    I may have to form a self-help group to get me to actually do it – but I can see it happening. One day. Hopefully.

    —Kayt on January 29, 2013
  • November was the first time I had finished a quilt that was a little short of a twin size. I decided I could probably handle a bed quilt and purchased fabric for king-sized quilts for both daughters. My goal is to finish them by summer. Wish me luck!

    —Janet Sabol on January 29, 2013
  • I’d love to win Sally Schneider’s book, especially after getting to meet her when she taught at the Minot, ND Quilt Festival.

    —Janet Sabol on January 29, 2013
  • I am (slowly) making a quilt for our king-sized bed. I’m using Civil War repros and half-square triangles, and trying to use as many patterns as I can find in my stash and then purchase very selectively at my LQS. It is taking a long time but I am enjoying the journey.

    —Beth T. on January 29, 2013
  • I would dearly love to win your book as I do alot of scrap quilts and this would helpe tremendously on getting the right size for what to make with all my scrap quilts. I,m keeping my fingers(& toes crossed that I win it)

    —Donna McGraw on January 29, 2013
  • From cover to cover, this is a fantastic selection of quilt patterns! Fellow Quilters, if your Guild is looking for a perfect quilt for their Opportunity Quilt raffle, the patterns "Happy Days", "Festival Stars", "Maple Stars" and "Skagit Valley Spring" would be my reccomended choices. I’ve made a Farmer’s Daughter quilt before, but nothing compared to Sally Schneider’s version.

    Since I’ve "discovered" http://www.quiltime.com half square and quarter square triangles papers, making Sally’s quilts will go by a lot quicker and my fat quarters will no longer sit idly by. I have two huge plastic tubs with lids, the size of bathtubs, filled with scraps, and I can tell, with Sally’s book, I’m going to be busy.

    Keep smiling,

    Lynnita Shipman on January 30, 2013
  • i’m still planning a bed quilt … and a bed runner, curtains. i get an idea , then another, but sooner or later, i’ll work up a bed set!

    ritainalaska on January 30, 2013
  • I made my 1st full size quilt as a Wedding gift for my neice in 2000. Her original date was set for 2001 so when the date changed I had to work fast. I chose the colours for her bedroom which was wine/blue/and green , but did not have the experiece to know how to choose different values, so all the prints had the same floral pattern .It turned out well even though I finished binding the quilt in the Hotel room ther night befoew thw wedding.

    —ELIZABETH CROSS on January 30, 2013
  • I don’t have a quilt on my own bed yet… Would love that!!
    More of my time is spent on planning a quilt than on actual sewing!… I think this book of awesome quilts and ideas is *just* what I need!
    Love the plan for cutting and storing FQs and fabric scraps!!… thank you!
    Pat T.
    in Michigan

    —Pat T. on January 30, 2013
  • My very first quilt was huge, I think a queen size (or larger)! It was an overnight mystery quilt. You were supposed to know how to do patchwork to be able to attend. After a crash course making a patchwork bag, I attended the night. It took me an additional 6 hours to finish the top after I got home (a good effort I think). I then hand quilted it. I didn’t know about sending quilts off to be professionally quilted. If I had known, that’s what I would have done. I still have that quilt and it is very special.

    Christine M on January 30, 2013
  • After several decades of quilting, I have finally broken out of my set ways! Up until now all my quiltmaking has been done from very well coordinated fabrics. Always just a few, maybe up to 5, that were placed in their specific places. Every block the same. Fabric placed exactly in it’s ‘proper’ spot. If one piece was where it didn’t belong, out came the seam ripper. Never mind that it looked ok. I knew it was wrong. Well ladies, I just finished my very first SCRAPPY bed size quilt. And when I say bed size, it’s a whopping 118×118! And you know what? I fell in love with it and am now planning my next totally scrappy quilt. I have gotten so excited with the scrappy look, I can’t find enough patterns, fast enough. This book is the PERFECT one to start me on my journey of using up my tremendous stash. So, rotary cutter at the ready. Fabrics at the ready. Machine is cleaned and oiled. Now to win this book and watch the quilts come zipping through the feed dogs and off the quilt frame. I’m in love with scrap quilts. Who says you can’t change your ways.

    —Cindy R. on January 30, 2013
  • I bought several bags of scraps at a yard sale a year ago. After looking thru the bags, the fabrics were not any that I was really thrilled about and the bags have been "sitting" in my sewing room waiting. Well, after looking at Sally’s quilts those bags are now screaming at me to be used in one of her scrappy quilts!!

    —Donna on January 30, 2013
  • I LOVE scrap quilts and often take patterns that call for amounts of certain fabrics and make them scrappy. As for my bed quilts – oh, my! For several years I made bed quilts, but could not understand why they did not go down the side of my bed. I was so frustrated. Then one day I realized I was using "mattress" sizes which only give the measurements for the top of the mattress. Now I "got it" and add the "drop down." I now have 3 bed size quilts with the proper "drop down" and many "top of bed" quilts. I love them anyway…

    —Janet on January 30, 2013
  • No quilt for my bed yet. I have not found the right pattern. This book looks like one that would be beneficial in my quilting journey. Thanks for the chance to win.

    —Donna W on January 30, 2013
  • My very first quilt from my very first quilt class, planned queen-sized. It has never been finished–it’s just a top waiting. Now I have a king-sized bed and I would need to add some borders. I have no idea how I’m going to quilt it because I have only a small domestic sewing machine that I do all my sewing, piecing, and quilting.
    The rest of the quilts that I have made so far are crib-sized or smaller. Right now, I’m working on a king-sized Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler. I’ve got about 3/4 of the 42 blocks pieced. I also have planned a giant twin-sized quilt of fire trucks for my husband to take and sleep with at the fire station. Soon I will make twin-sized quilts for my kids. But with all that, I need to learn how to quilt-as-you-go or break my quilts into sections to be able to quilt them!

    This seems like an amazing book–I love every single quilt in this book! Thank you for a chance to win it, and having some good ideas on the blog post!

    Rachell R on January 30, 2013
  • Many starts/not many completed unfortunately. Would love this book to help with lots of scraps.

    —Sue Winnie on January 30, 2013
  • Thanks for the contest to win Sally’s book. All fabrics when placed in a quilt become one of a kind to be cherished by all.

    —Ivy Smart on January 30, 2013
  • Great book. Thanks for the chance to win. I have not made a bed quilt yet but plan on purchasing the fabric next month to make one in fall colors.

    —sandy on January 30, 2013
  • I have not yet attempted a quilt for our King size bed but am starting to look around for the ideal pattern and your lovely book is sure to give me just that! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win this book.

    Carolyn on January 31, 2013
  • I have finished a twin size quilt for my oldest son. That is a scrap-based quilt; mostly recycled shirts. I did the quilting myself on my domestic sewing machine.
    I also joined Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery Easy Street this winter, and completed the king size top this month. The quilt is way to big for me being able to do the quilting on my own, so I am sending it away to a professional. I am looking forward to the result!

    Anita on January 31, 2013
  • I did make a bed quilt for my daughter as engagement gift – it was to be queen size but ended up king size – I designed the blocks but forgot to add sashing size to final measurements. It’s a monster but she loves it. And I will never make one that size again unless my brain fries. Just kidding – it surpassed my wildest dreams and made me realize I could do something larger than a baby quilt or throw.

    —Joy Bradley on January 31, 2013
  • I love making bed-sized quilts! My recent favorite was a scrappy star in plaids for my son. It turned out amazing! I free-motion most of my own quilts and have done two king-size bed quilts but I think I’m done with that. Too tiring! Queen size is the biggest I’ll go now on my own machine.

    —Emi on January 31, 2013
  • This is a must have book for certain! I will wait to see if I win before ordering, cause I just love making bed sized quilts and have been collecting scraps for ages. Must make the courthouse steps for our daughter who is a District Court Judge (wonder if the courtroom would be friendlier with a quilt>)
    Thanks for the opportunity

    —Garnet on January 31, 2013
  • I’m a relatively new quilter. I’ve made a few small projects to learn quilting techniques. I decided to join a BOM in my LQS. I figured when I finished it, I would have learned a lot. It’s called the Coxcomb Medallion Quilt. When I saw it hanging on the wall, I had to make it. By being a part of a BOM group, I thought I’d have a chance at finishing it.

    The first month started out to be the hardest. There was a lot of appliqué, and not easy appliqué. I had never done hand appliqué before, so it’s a challenge. I practiced and practiced on scraps, then I went on to making the machine pieced blocks as the months went by (I like machine piecing). Finally I’m almost finished the central block appliqué. It’s the central focal point on the quilt, so I wanted it to look decent. Not sure if I like appliqué yet, but I think when I feel that I’m relatively good at it, I will like it. I do like hand work.

    Anyway, I’m enjoying the overall process; and I can’t wait till it’s done and on my bed. There is so much I make and give away. This quilt is for me. 🙂

    —Johanna on February 1, 2013
  • I’m still dreaming… thinking that 2013 should be the year to tackle it.

    —Carmen on February 1, 2013
  • My most recent bed quilt was a lone star king size quilt. I am a new quilter (I only started quilting in April 2012) and this was my 4th quilt that I made and the first one that I stuck to a set color pallet only using 7 different fabrics. I made it for my sister in law who has inflammatory breast cancer. The quilt fits the top of her bed and she is also able to use it when she goes and has her chemo and radiation treatments. Since she lives so far away from me I made her my own special "hug" so she knows that I am thinking of her and praying for her recovery. It really was a labor of love.

    —Margo S. on February 1, 2013
  • I have bed-size tops made, but am afraid to try to quilt them!

    Thanks for the opportunity to win your great book!

    —Louise on February 1, 2013
  • Scrap quilts are my most favorite type of quilt to make. I’m always looking for ways to improve my skills and add to my bag of tricks. I like every one of these quilts and would love to make one or two.

    —Kathleen Hepner on February 1, 2013
  • No bed quilt as of yet!!! But each day that I get to quilt… I’m working to that goal. Hopefully, I will do it in 2014. 🙂

    —Suz C. on February 2, 2013
  • I made my daughter a double wedding ring quilt for her bed – king size – every stitch by hand. Took me several years to finish and for some reason have not had the ambition to make a bed quilt for myself! I’ve been making lap quilts but one of these days will start one for my own bed.

    —Susan Meredith on February 2, 2013
  • I started a "quilt in a weekend" rail fence quilt for a twin bed in 1997 thinking I would make one for both my parents’ beds. I had pieced one top and gave it to my mom for Christmas, with the promise to get them done. A year later she passed away and I let the quilt sit. For my father’s 80th birthday I finally finished the quilt and gave it to him as his gift. It was named the "780 weekends quilt" because it took me 15 years to finish it.

    —Debby on February 2, 2013
  • I enjoy starting new quilt projects. First class I took was hand piecing, applique, and quilting. Had a ball using templates, sketching and coloring blocks on graph paper, cutting out pieces with scissors, figuring out how the pieces fit together,and sewing blocks by hand. It was relaxing and fun. Then we had kids! Second class I took was Quilt in a Day Log Cabin, machine pieced and hand tied. My Log Cabin has been on our bed during winter for many years. Sadly, my hand pieced/appliqued blocks are still waiting to be sewn together and hand quilted. Have also made blocks for 3 block-of-the-month bed-size quilts in recent years. With our youngest child almost out of high school, I dream of spending more time quilting and having my quilts on all our beds.

    JLouise on February 3, 2013
  • Last year I got the scrap quilt bug. I have sewn all my life and have tons of fabric but my daughter got thr sewing flu a few years ago and was tossing her scraps and I used her scraps to play around witn. I first cut everything into the largest size possible and had an organized pile of usable pieces to work with. I sewed the largest strpis into quilt sized strips and pieced a quilt top And put it aside. A few months later I pulled out the stash and pieced scrappy blocks..what fun that was. This spring I decided to put together enough blocks to fit the stripped scrappy top and have an entire quilt of scraps. It was a project that was lots of fun to put together and when I decided to give it to a dear cousin as a surprize it was more fun. Quilting it became a challenge and it was not quite perfect but I enjoyed doing it and my cousin was thrilled when I presented it to him.

    What a wonderful make-do story, Jean, thank you for sharing it! –Jenny

    —jean on July 12, 2015

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