This summer = your best bed quilt (+ sale!)

Posted by on June 13, 2016, in quilting & sewing, , ,


The idea of making a quilt big enough for a bed can be a little daunting. What’s the best way to approach such a sizable project? Break it up into bite-size bits! Working block by block on a large quilt allows you to see progress quickly and prevents the process from becoming overwhelming. Challenge yourself to sew a few blocks a week over the summer, and you’ll have a cozy new quilt to sleep under by the time autumn arrives. The four books on sale today include dozens of patterns that will inspire you to get started.

Think BigThink Big: Quilts, Runners, and Pillows from 18” Blocks
Amy Ellis

One great way to speed up the process of making a big quilt is to start with large-scale blocks. Amy Ellis’s book Think Big incorporates fresh and graphic 18″ blocks, plus all the information you need to make projects from pillow-size to king-size. To make a 90″-square (queen-size) version of the Connections quilt below, you’d need 25 blocks. If you started now and made just two or three blocks per week, you could easily finish the top by fall. You might even be tempted to make one more block to use for a matching pillow.
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Connections quilt
Connections from
Think Big

Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen: Or a King, Twin, or Lap!
Sally Schneider

Sally Schneider designed the big quilts in Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen with scraps and precuts in mind. As Amy does in Think Big, Sally shows you how to make a bed quilt in a variety of sizes, all with the scrappy look that many of us love. The blocks in Diamond Ring can be cut entirely from 10″ squares, ideal for using those Layer Cakes in your fabric stash.
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Diamond Ring quilt
Diamond Ring from
Scrap Quilts Fit for a Queen

The Big Book of Nickel QuiltsThe Big Book of Nickel Quilts: 40 Projects for 5-Inch Scraps
Pat Speth with Charlene Thode

Starting with small fabric pieces rather than yardage can really decrease the cutting time needed for a big quilt. Pat Speth and Charlene Thode refer to small 5″ squares as “nickels,” conveniently the same size as precut charm packs. The Big Book of Nickel Quilts includes 40 scrappy quilts made from 5″ squares, all of which can be made in sizes up to queen.
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Mount Hood quilt
Mount Hood from
The Big Book of Nickel Quilts would look fantastic on a cozy cabin bed, and it features two simple blocks that come together in a snap.

The Big Book of PatchworkThe Big Book of Patchwork: 50 Fabulous Quilts from Judy Hopkins

With 50 different patterns, including several that are large enough for a king-size bed, The Big Book of Patchwork is an excellent value. Crab Pot is 80″ x 100″ and is composed of 63 super simple Courthouse Steps–style blocks. For a monochrome effect as in the featured quilt, choose fabrics in different shades of one color that matches your bedroom decor. If you like a more eclectic look, mix it up with lots of prints and colors.
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Crab Pot quilt
Crab Pot from
The Big Book of Patchwork

What’s the biggest quilt you’ve ever made? Tell us in the comments!







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