When I heard Jemima Flendt was writing a new book I was so excited – her first book, Weekend Quilting: Quilt and Unwind with Simple Designs to Sew in No Time was amazing and I was eager to see what creative ideas she would explore next.
In Quilt Big: Bigger Blocks for Faster Finishes, Jemima continues to focus on designs that weekend quilters and those of us with limited time can explore to make a big impact despite time constraints. As the back cover exclaims, this book is about “MAXIMUM IMPACT, MINIMUM TIME”.
The book outline…
The projects within the book are all block based. There are instructions for 19 supersized blocks and 17 patchwork projects. Here’s a quick chapter summary…
- ‘1’ goes through some quilting basics.
- ‘2’ teaches you how to upsize quilts and quilt blocks.
- ‘3’ is dedicated to each of the 19 quilt blocks you will find throughout the quilt patterns.
- ‘4’ contains 17 projects, some small and some large – but all made with large blocks.
- And ‘5’ is all about quilt backings. (As someone who loves a pretty backing, the pieced backing ideas is one of my very favourite things about this book.)
Hearth & Home Pillow
Originally I intended to make the Simplex Star quilt (on page 79 of the book) to share as part of the blog tour. I thought it had a great masculine vibe which would be great for my son. You can see a picture of the quilt on Jemima’s blog here (it is the blue quilt made with the friendship star block).
But despite my best intentions, injuring my back in January put a hold on new sewing projects. So, instead I am sharing the project I made just for fun when the book arrived in December. It is the Hearth & Home pillow (found on page 111).
Jemima’s pillow is made from her collection of aqua scraps, so naturally, I was immediately drawn to it. But for my pillow I used a collection of grey scraps creating more of a neutral feel to the pillow – and perfect for my youngest son’s room where it is destined to reside.
I have to admit, piecing this supersized block with my scraps was really fun, and a productive way to spend an afternoon creating! If you want to make a big impact in little time, then you will love this book.
Thanks for visiting my stop on the blog tour –
The blog tour continues…
|28th Jan||Jemima Flendt||@tiedwitharibbon||www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com|
|29th Jan||Melissa LeRay||@ohhowsweetco||www.ohhowsweet.com|
|30th Jan||Ange Hamilton||@alittlepatchwork||www.alittlepatchwork.wordpress.com|
|31st Jan||Nadra Ridgeway||@ellisandhiggs||www.ellisandhiggs.com|
|1st Feb||Alyce Blyth||@blossomheartquilts||www.blossomheartquilts.com|
|4th Feb||Lauren Wright||@mollyandmama||www.mollyandmama.com.au|
|6th Feb||Amanda Castor||@materialgirlquilts||www.materialgirlquilts.com|
|7th Feb||Samantha Dorn||@aqua_paisley||www.aquapaisleystudio.com/blog|
|8th Feb||Sharon Burgess||@lilabellelane||www.lilabellelanecreations.com|
|11th Feb||Peta Peace||@shequiltsalot||www.shequiltsalot.com|
|12th Feb||Elea Lutz||@elealutz||www.elealutzdesign.com|
|13th Feb||Shannon Fraser||@shannonfraserdesigns||www.shannonfraserdesigns.ca|
|14th Feb||Saija Kiiskinen||@saija_elina||www.saijaelina.blogspot.com|
|15th Feb||Sedef Imer||@downgrapevinelane||www.downgrapevinelane.com|
|18th Feb||Kate Basti||@katebasti||www.quiltwithkate.com|
|19th Feb||Minki Kim||@zeriano||www.minkikim.com|
|20th Feb||Ayda Algin||@cafenohut||www.cafenohut.com|
|21st Feb||Elizabeth Chappell||@quilters_candy||www.quilterscandybox.com|
And you can also follow #quiltbigblogtour on Instagram to check out the amazing projects made by these talented makers too.
And there are some giveaways…
At each stop along the tour, Aurifil is giving you a chance to win 2 spools from Jemima’s Aurifil collection . In order to be in with a chance today, let me know in the comments below about the biggest quilt you have ever made, and I will randomly choose a winner next week. GIVEAWAY CLOSED
And if you would like a chance at winning the entire collection – head on over to Jemima’s blog and enter her giveaway.
Until next time – create joy with fabric and thread!
Mary Kolb says
I made a king size Single Girl and a king size 16 patch of original Katie Jump Rope fabric.
Jannette B. says
I think that my black / white / lime coloured Swoon quilt is my biggest quilt – not sure exactly what the measurements are, but it fits my queen sized bed!
I have made a few king size quilts the biggest prob is 100 block qal from Tula pinks book. Sewn into a 110”x110” quilt
Love Your Pillow Project>so neat ! Thanks for sharing!
Sharon Aurora says
My biggest quilt is a lap quilt, but I have not been quilting very long.
I like the neutrals you used for your pillow..can go anywhere! I have made and quilted on my domestic machine a king size quilt…yes, it was quite the feat!
Carol Broughton says
I made the original Swoon quilt several years ago and it’s 80” x 80”. Not sure I’d make one that big again but I love that Swoon quilt.
I have made several King size quilts but not happily. It is hard to handle all that bulk. I love these big blocks.
The biggest quilt that I have ever made is a king sized quilt. I made it with 9 inch squares sewn together in a ombre color scheme and backed it with flannel. I then hand quilted the entire thing whole cloth fashion. It took over a year to complete, but we still use it and love it. Thanks!
I think my Swoon quilt is one of my biggest also. Although I did make a Star quilt for my husband years ago that was extra long. He likes to tuck the quilt under his feet 🙂
Congratulations Cindy – you are comment #10, and the winner on this stop of the tour. A couple of Aurifil spools are heading your way :).
The biggest quilt I ever made was a Civil War Reproduction quilt. It was huge…over 100”x 115” (something like that). It was slightly over my skill level, but as a US history nerd I really wanted to make it. I almost didn’t finish it because it was frustrating at times. A lady at my LQS told me to “ just do it”. She said I would always look back on it fondly. She was right! Wonky blocks & some cut off points don’t phase me now-I love that I pushed through & completed the monstrous project. I also appreciate the skills I learned in the process.
Donna W says
The largest quilt that I have made is a queen size. Since I have been quilting my own quilts on my domestic machine, that is big enough, in fact a little too big. But, I just bought a long arm, so now larger quilts may be in my future.
Kathy Cummings says
I made a king size quilt for my only grandson a few years ago; quilting on my Bernita is a challenge for that size…it isn’t a long arm!!!
Teresa Alcántara says
I made a King size quilt, and have another one waiting for quilting. But it’s really hard quilting it in my domestic machine.
I love your pillow! It’s beautiful and looks soft and cushy! The biggest quilt I’ve made so far is a twin size quilt in a watercolor style – lots of 2-inch squares!
Donna Cutting says
I have made 3 king size quilts in just over a year. I am ready to make lap quilts. The pillow is really wonderful.
barbara woods says
The biggest I have made is a large king sized
Lisa mcgriff says
The biggest quilt I’ve ever made was 109 x 109…its HUGE!
Lisa mcgriff says
Moda building blocks is the biggest I have made.
Geri VanVliet says
110” square. LOTS of small pieces-but beautiful.
Vicki H says
I made a disappearing 9 patch that grew faster than I realized. I think it was about 90 x 110. I called it the beast and gifted it to my sister.
Debby E says
My biggest quilt so far has been a large twin. This is a great tour! 🙂