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

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

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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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15 Comments (leave a comment)

  • I had made a 120″ square quilt last winter. It was too big for a domestic machine, I wish I would have divided it into quarter sections and then attached them after quilting. I put flannel on the back and it was thick and heavy. What was I thinking.

    Robin Tuckerman on June 13, 2016
  • My largest bed quilt is 81″ X 112″. A good friend owns 2 vintage cars, a 1924 Model T and a 1939 Ford and takes them on an annual vintage car tour in Ohio. At each tour he receives a banner that is displayed on the car as a way to identify the group as they tour the countryside. He asked me if I could make a quilt out of the twelve he collected over the years. The banners are made of cotton canvas with silk screen printing. None of the banners were the same size, so my first job was to add fabric frames to each to make them equal at 16.5″ square, the size of the largest banner.
    My friend and his wife found a licensed Ford fabric with vintage cars on it. I used four of the colors in that fabric to make additional blocks. The remaining Ford fabric is the backing.

    —Carol Fetsco on June 13, 2016
  • The biggest quilt I ever made was 108″ square. After it was displayed at the Paducah quilt show in 2008, I gave it to my daughter-in-law, and it has been on her living room wall ever since. It was my intent to give it to her even before I made it. It was only after it was finished that I decided to enter it.

    —Roberta on June 13, 2016
  • My largest quilt to date is 108 x 108 Tula Pink City Samplet that I made as a BOM and enlarged one of setting patterns to fit on our king-sized bed. It is all batiks and we love it.

    —Caryn on June 13, 2016
  • All my quilts are king size. We have a queen-size bed, but I like for the quilt to hang over the sides. I have made several large quilts. 2 for my son, 2 for my husband, 1 for my mom, and working on 2 king-sized quilts now for me. I also hand quilt all of my quilts. I like to use all the quilts I make. I also made a lap sized quilt for a friend in Boise, Idaho.

    Maria FitgzSsimon on June 13, 2016
  • my biggest quilt was a green and offshite irish chain, which is on my husband and my bed. he loves that i made it.

    —beth on June 13, 2016
  • While I frequently make queen size quilts my two largest was first a 119″ square and more recently 109″ square. It seems that frequently my quilts take on a life of their own and keep growing!

    Linda W on June 14, 2016
  • I would make one of these lovely quilts for a gift to a family member. Not sure who should be so lucky yet!

    —Cathy on June 15, 2016
  • I just completed a quilt for my grandson’s high school graduation using the colors of the college he will be attending. The quilt pattern in the twin size could not be enlarged easily, so I pieced the king size 108″ x 108″ and cut it down to fit his dorm bed and will use the remaining pieces to make pillows. It was a challenging pattern but the smile on his face was worth the hours it took to complete 🙂

    —Carole on June 17, 2016
  • King size is the biggest quilt I have made. It is red and white and reminds my husband of China.

    —Linda Christianson on June 17, 2016
  • I made a king size scrappy strip quilt. After I got it finished, including quoted and bound, I realized it was too small to us on my king size bed! Measure, measure, measure!

    —Sheila on June 17, 2016
  • I just finished my daughter’s signature quilt from her wedding. It was 108×108″. She has a king size bed but also has a large wall she could hang it on if she chooses. Guess we’ll have to wait and see where it ends up. I had it machine quilted as I figured it would take me years to hand quilt.

    —Mary Smith on June 17, 2016
  • I made a California king sized quilt for our bed. I made Yellow Brick Road blocks and many fabrics to go with my planned border.

    —Lorraine Brown on June 17, 2016
  • I’ve made one king-sized quilt, for a son and his wife, but I’ve made several queen sized, for our beds and for a granddaughter. It takes a while but it is so worth it to see the smiles when one is finished.

    —Glenna D. on June 18, 2016
  • I am so pleased you are still selling Sally Schneider’s "Scrap Quilts Fit For A Queen…" I have made numerous quilts from her books and am looking forward to making the Ohio Star and Courthouse Steps quilt in this book. Her patterns are so great, and her directions are easy to follow.

    We love hearing that, Glenna – Sally is a true Scrap Queen! Thanks for your comment! –Jenny

    —Glenna D. on June 18, 2016

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