Sunday, August 25, 2013

St Louis 16 Patch

I'm so excited, today I can finally share with you one of the many secret projects I've been working on! And ever one to make an entrance, this project is the BIGGEST quilt I've ever fully sewn myself (i.e. not sent out to be quilted). Seriously, if size matters, this one is a total winner.


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Ever since I saw the St Louis 16 Patch sew-along going on over on Instagram I yearned to join in. I had to make a wedding quilt for friends of a friend so I decided to use this pattern so I could get it out of my system and stop obsessing.


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The pattern is SUPER simple, which was exactly what I needed to get me back into the sewing swing of things, and the blocks come together so quickly! It pretty much took me one day to make the blocks and one day to finish everything else. It's THAT quick.


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The recipients of this quilt are just about as mad on all things American as I am. And since I have no idea what any of their decor looks like, I just decided to go big and bold and use Red and Navy and Aqua. Some of the blocks maybe don't work quite as well as others, but looking at it as a whole... I rather like it!

This quilt is also a great way to use up fabric in your stash. You get 2 blocks from 2 contrasting FQ's, which means I used 42 FQ's! Wowee! Oh yes, here's my initial fabric pull...



I backed it in my favourite Ikea Numbers print, because I have a whole bolt of it and in this case it really suited the quilt. For the label, as well as putting my standard one, I also hand emrbroidered a design from their wedding invitation and the date they got married...


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If I do say so myself, I'm pretty proud of that! Y'all know that stitchery type stuff is not really my forte!


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As you can see, I quilted a simple crosshatch through the centre of the blocks. I seriously toyed with the idea of FMQ, but dragging a quilt that size through my sewing machine was not an easy feat! There's so much going on colour and pattern wise that I'm glad the quilting is pretty simple. 


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Bound in navy bias-cut gingham, a firm favourite of mine, this quilt is good and ready for its new home!


Quilt Stats
Size: 84" x 98"
Fabric: Red, Aqua and Navy prints all from stash

Quilting: Diagonal Crosshatch



24 comments:

  1. What a great quilt! Love your labels on the back, esp the handstitched one with all their deep & meaningfuls. Did you get your other labels Spoonflowered? I think every quilt label should include the instruction "snuggle often".

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  2. It is perfect!! I love the binding - I gotta get me some gingham!

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  3. What a fantastic quilt, well done, I can't wait til my sewing mojo comes back, and it had better be soon, the backlog is building...

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  4. It's wonderful, I love it! Hope they do but I'm sure they will!

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  6. To totally awesome! I bet they loved it!

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  7. I was just taking a break from basting my St. Louis 16 patch and read your blog post. Good timing! :) Your quilt is lovely. I am sure the recipients will be ecstatic to receive it. Great labels, too!

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  8. I so want to make one of those quilts! Seeing yours REALLY makes me want to make one. It looks terrific!
    xo jan

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  9. It's wonderful, what a great gift!

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  10. This is lovely - I'm sure the recipients will enjoy it very much. Makes me want to dig out my red fabrics (which I find hard to use otherwise) and make something with this colour combo.

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  11. Goodness gracious that's a monster! 42 FQs must be a record. xx

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  12. Wow! Love, love, love it!!! It sure is big and beautiful and your label is the sweetest! Well done chick! Jxo

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  13. OMG - GORGEOUS. Really truly, gorgeous!

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  14. OMG totally wonderful!! Love all of your work!
    I have a question.... I love the numbers fabric from ikea that you used for the back of this quilt and the nearest ikea is 71 miles from my house, needless to say I have never been.... :-( sadness. I was wondering if you would be willing to sell me a yard or two? I would love to use it for a quilt back I'm making for my little girl for her bday! If not no worries I understand just thought it was worth asking.
    Thank you so much! Jessica
    juceyj03@gmail.com

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  15. Perfect pressie! Oh, and if you haven't replied to the commenter above me, I work right next door to Ikea and can pick some up...

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  16. It's a beauty. What a gorgeous wedding gift!

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  17. I'm so late to the party...but just had to comment that it is gorgeous!!

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