Sunday, March 18, 2012

Far Far Away III Patchwork Quilt

I've had this little beauty done for a couple of weeks now and got to enjoy it on my bed a few nights before it got too warm.

I had planned on doing just a simple patchwork with 5" squares but after I started cutting I realized I needed some bigger squares to show off the large scale story prints. Far Far Away III patchwork quilt
I love the full scenes with the 7 dwarfs cutting down the tree and snow white sleeping.
Far Far Away III patchwork quilt
There are a few pints from the Far Far Away II collection in there too.
Far Far Away III patchwork quilt
I'm not super happy with the backing on this. I used a couple of large pieces from FFA3 and then a mishmash of fabrics from my stash. There is something about it that isn't jiving with me. Oh well, it's just the back.
back
I love the drape of the cotton/linen canvas fabrics and I had thought it would make a heavier quilt but really, it's as light as my 100% cotton quilts. It's nice!
Far Far Away III patchwork quilt

I thought I'd share my "recipe" for this quilt since I think it makes a nice layout for large scale fabrics and adds interest to a plain patchwork quilt.

The finished quilt measures 45" by 63", a perfect throw size.
Cut from fabrics:
(116) 5"x5" squares
(3) 5"x9.5" horizontal rectangles
(3) 9.5"x5" vertical rectangles
(3) 9.5"x9.5" squares

Lay out your squares and rectangles as shown. The quilt will be 10 squares across and 14 squares down.
layout
I've indicated the placement of the large squares with the dots and the rectangles with the lines. The picture above shows the "blocks" I pieced together before finally sewing them into the finished quilt top. (Click the picture to view it larger in Flickr)

That's it really. Enjoy!

8 comments:

**nicke... said...

oh this is a great quilt. the fabrics are so cute and it looks awesome with the rectangles and larger blocks in it also. thanks for the recipe!

Heather D. said...

Really cute, and so awesome that you thought to make some larger blocks to show off those prints. I don't know if I would have thought to do that!

rachael said...

i was eyeing this earlier on flickr... love :)

Anna said...

beautiful job. I love the way you showed off the prints!

Lasso the Moon said...

This is a treasure! I love the placement of the colors. Very unexpected.
Anna
lasso the moon

Marta said...

I would cuddle up in this quilt any day of the week! It's so whimsical and welcoming and fun!

Jilly said...

thank you! I've been mulling over how to fit in my FFA 2 and 3 fabrics in with an i spy quilt. My sons both have quilts with 5.5" squares, and I wanted my daughters' to "match" at least a little bit, but as you said, I didn't want to lose the big story prints. Now I don't have to figure it out myself!

Anita said...

This is a very cute quilt! And seriously, I love the back...it's "wonky", and I have done the same thing when I didn't have enough fabric to cover it and finances would not allow me to buy anything. I am going to make this quilt some time soon!