95" x 95"
However, I didn't have a stash of any significance of solids, but I did have the 100 yard roll of white fabric (waiting to be dyed). So this definitely counts as a stashbuster because I am using fabric that I already have! I tore off 12 panels (each about 19" wide to allow for shrinkage). This would give me three 18" squares from each panel (the fabric was 59" wide) for a total of 36 blocks (aka, big enough for a king sized bed). I picked this size for the blocks because it would work with fat quarters too. And then I decided on a quieter color palette, because honestly, the quilt, Gift, is just about as bright as you can get and can be a bit overwhelming in a small room!
After washing and drying and ironing, I cut the fabric into 18" blocks. Then I trimmed off two strips (2.5" wide), one from the side (this will be the long strip), and one from the top (this will be the shorter strip). I set the strips aside and tossed the blocks up on the design wall:
Next, I tossed up the strips by selecting strips that were different colors that the background. I was looking for contrast, which was not easy in this pale landscape.
Next up, the cutting and sewing of the blocks. I cut each block horizontally about half way or slightly less or more, and then stitched the short contrasting strip to both of the cut sides. Then I cut each block vertically, once again, about half way, and then stitched the long strip to both cut sides. After all the blocks are sewn together to complete the quilt top, the blocks have a finished sized of about 16".
One thing that I noticed after completing this quilt was that I liked the way the blocks looked before piecing. This is because the scale looks different, the plus motif is wider compared to the block after piecing. I like the wider better.
|LEFT, unpieced layout: RIGHT, after piecing together all the blocks|
The machine quilting: I did not want to do 1/4" quilting like I did on Gift. This one "needed" it's own unique quilting lines! I decided to make 1" quilting lines inside a giant ring of quilting lines and then quilt 1" lines again in the other orientation on the outside of the circular ring. Don't ask me why, it's just what happened, but I LOVE the way it looks: