Saturday, December 5, 2009
Inspired: Crate & Barrel Bermuda Stripes Quilt
A few years ago I fell in love with the Crate & Barrel Bermuda Stripes twin size quilt.
I had made a plaid queen sized quilt for my sister some years earlier and I still had fabrics leftover. Paired with some white fabric, they would be perfect for this quilt!
Creating the quilt top was fairly easy. I quickly cut stripes of the plaid and white fabrics. I varied the widths by up to 1/2 inch. Sew together and press. Voila! A top is made.
The construction of the quilt, on the other hand, was more intense.
This was the first time I ever "quilted" a quilt before. All previous quilts had been done with yarn ties. I wanted to recreate the quilting in the Crate & Barrel quilt. So, I stitched every stripe in my own quilt "in the ditch", aka stitching in the ditch. About 1/3 of the way into the process, I thought the quilting would never end! And I NEVER EVER wanted to "quilt" a quilt again after that!
Another first on this quilt? The binding was sewn on, but I had no idea what I was doing. This was before Heather Bailey's infamous tutorial hit the internet and the instructions I had tried to follow were confusing! I sewed the binding to the front and back and its kind of hideous to look at!
What does Chauncey think of the quilt? Eh, he could care less. Nor does he care for photo shoots!
Lessons learned from this quilt? Try, try, try new things. I saw something that inspired me and I went out to try to figure out how to make it. It might not be perfect, but it was great practice. And years later... I love this blanket!