Little Jewels

I found a quilt like this somewhere online, and you know I love improvised scrap quilts, so I just had to make it!  (Sadly, I have lost the link, so if you know where this came from originally, please let me know.)

It’s always a great idea to offset the intersecting seams!

My quilter was able to use Minky Dot for the backing and quilt it with no batting. That makes the quilt nice and cuddly without being too heavy.

I have been informed that the grandchildren prefer the quilts backed with polyester fleece for cuddling. The lighter weight of the quilt without batting also makes it ideal for dragging around the house or building forts and tents.

Polyester fleece can be a challenge to quilt because it stretches in at least one direction. The quilter told me that a midarm or long arm quilting machine does not have feed dogs, so stretching was not a problem, though the tension was a problem at times.  I suppose I could do free motion quilting with the feed dogs down on my domestic machine, but walking foot quilting might stretch the back.

Minky backing with no batting allows the quilt to drape nicely

Quilt stats:

Name: Quilted Jewels

Pattern source: anonymous picture on internet

Finished size: 46″ x 62″

Quilted by: Julia Madison

14 thoughts on “Little Jewels

  1. So colorful and sweet! My quilter once used a minky backing for a quilt I made for my granddaughter. It is my granddaughter’s favorite quilt.
    I made a pillow using minky for the backing, and I decided I would never try making anything with this fabric again. I love the softness of this fabric, but I had a lot of difficulty with my machine since I didn’t know what I was doing.

  2. This is such a beautiful quilt! I love a quilt full of color and allows my eye to wander and pick up fun bits of fabric and design. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Aha! That’s the “trick” here. Those are straight rows, but each block has a black strip attached to only two sides, which are adjacent. That makes the blocks asymmetrical, and by rotating them it’s possible to get a layout that fools the eye. The only catch is that it can fool the quilter trying to lay out the quilt, as well! I have more than once had to “rearrange” blocks. It’s best to take a picture of the overall layout before starting to sew in order to be sure the blocks are all oriented the way you want them. If you need more info, you can email me through the link on the blog. Good luck!

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