It took me close to two years, working on and off, to complete my first large quilt. Previously, I had made a few quilts as baby gifts which are generally weekend projects. A quilt large enough for a queen-size bed I discovered is considerably more challenging.
Part of the reason it took a while to complete, was the time I spent in organizing, and reorganizing the blocks. The original materials and base design came from a quilt kit my mom had given to me. I followed the first couple steps of the instructions, but then reached a point where I didn’t like how they were pulling the elements together.
Fortunately, I have a large work table and could spread the pieces out for review. They were there for weeks. Each time I walked by the table I considered and often rearranged the pieces. Finally, I was happy with the layout and could finish up the sewing.
When I got the top pieced together I took it down to my favorite quilt material shop, Asheville Cotton Company, and got terrific advice on fabric for the backing and border. They also suggested I do the actual quilting with a variegated thread. The look is great and makes the flip side of the quilt quite interesting.
I used the block ends and extra strips of fabric to make the Sunrise Baby Quilt a few years later.