Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Blue Ribbons

One of the great glories of Bonanza as a sale venue is that communication between buyers and sellers is completely unrestricted. Unlike that 'other place' buyers are encouraged to get to know their sellers via a chat room feature in every shop, I have 'met' some wonderful people there in the last three years. The other day I had a question about the Blue Ribbon quilt pattern shown at left. Click on the picture to make it bigger.
"Do you think that the blue and white quilt pattern would be easy enough for a beginner to do? I love that pattern!"
I B-mailed (Bonanza has its own internal email system) back some questions of my own:
"Hi E***
OK you are in love with the blue ribbons quilt, I like that one too, just have not gotten around to making it yet. Soon I think.
How beginning a quilter are you?
Would this be your very first quilt?
Are you an experienced sewer otherwise, make your own clothes etc?"
Hi Henrietta,
Yes, you are right, it is the blue ribbons quilt. I have been sewing for 20+ years so I am very familiar and yes, it would be my first non-nine patch quilt. lol I usually applique with my machine when I am doing quilted articles for sewing and know how to cut and piece but I am just in love with that quilt. I sew home decor, small clothing articles for children, dolls and clothes, etc. Be honest please. I know I want to try but don’t want to get frustrated. Thanks ever so much! E*** hugz

Dear E***
This is a small quilt, 48" x 60" which is a nice size for a wall hanging or lap quilt but a bit small for a couch cuddler except for a very narrow person. On a bed it would just be for pretty!

The finished size of each half triangle square is 1-1/2". The pattern is in South Dakota so I can't take a look at it to see how the designer wrote her instructions for half triangle squares, I know how I would make it and would be happy to work with you if necessary. I don't think it is particularly hard, it just looks complicated. This is one of those quilts that when you make it you wonder at the simplicity of the pattern! Since you have made other quilts and understand about seam allowances you shouldn't have any problems with it.

Here are my thoughts:
  • Using the same pattern, if there are an equal number of pieces, it takes just as long to make a little quilt as a bigger one.
  • The smaller quit will use less fabric.
  • A larger one may be more useful and not quite as fiddly to make. A good analogy would be the degree of difficulty in making a set in sleeve for a doll sized blouse compared to one for a little girl.
  • Another consideration, a quilt with lots of tiny pieces is a lot harder to quilt and will be stiffer, all those seams add bulk and decrease drape.
  • If you are making a wall hanging stiffness will not bother the wall, if you want to use it stiffness may bother you.
If I make this pattern I will size my pieces half an inch larger. This will give me a finished quilt size of 64" x 80". This is a great size for a couch throw, big enough to cover almost anyone and the perfect size to display as a coverlet on even a king sized bed if laid crosswise. Works for a twin bed with a 12-1/2" drop on either side

The extra half inch makes a big difference to drape, but doesn't make the pattern so large it looks clunky.

As I said before, I will be glad to coach you through it, I am only an email away.

Y'all come back!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for your help. You are such a blessing!