A finish: Marquise Bedrunner

I thought you wouldn’t mind too much if I was late with the last BOM post 😉

This quilt was shoehorned into my schedule in February (teaser post here) in order to finish it in time for the current issue of Quilt Now. I only got some quick and dirty snaps before it went in the post!

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Katy had a gap to fill in the magazine, so I decided to make this from start to finish in exactly two weeks and take up that spot. It started off as a lap quilt but when arranging the blocks, it worked out as a bed runner for a single bed much better due to the rectangular shape. Another 18 blocks (three columns) and it would easily make a double bed runner!

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The original plan was to do a truly stack and whack quilt, cutting all the pieces out first and sewing together like a checkerboard. I didn’t think though that actually this would break up the continuation of the curves, so after a bit of thinking and a bit more testing, I decided to piece a bit first, then cut with the quick curve ruler, then piece again and that worked much better.

I have called this quilt Marquise because of the pointy-oval secondary pattern, I think it looks like the shape of a marquise cut gemstone. The shape of this quilt meant that no backing had to be pieced. I also decided to machine on the binding which has definitely been my most successful machine binding so far if still a little baggy. From now on 2″ binding is me, not 2 1/2″. This seemed to sort out my mitring on my Pancakes quilt too.

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STATS
Size – 39″ wide x 70″ long
Number of blocks – 42
Time to make– about 16 hours
Fabric – Stash fat quarters and Klona white. It felt good to use up some stash I can tell you!
Backing Fabric – Ikea Smaborre cotton – 2 yards
Binding Fabric – Purple and green stripy one I found in Fabric Guild.
Threads – Pieced with Coats Moon, quilted with Moon in the bobbin and a variegated Anchor Rayon in the top. It didn’t like the thread cutter but gives a nice lustre.
Batting – 80/20 Soft and Elegant
Quilting- Quick walking foot special. Stitch in the Ditch around the blocks with echo quilting along the curves.

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In other news I am the guest poster on 52 Quilters this week, check it out on Instagram.

Also I have my Transparency quilt in the current issue of Popular Patchwork.
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One Comment

  1. Posted April 10, 2015 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    Fun to see your two projects hit print, as they say here in the States. The Marquise is really lovely–and you did it all in TWO weeks? Impressive. I think you are amazing to be so focused. And the transparency quilt is fun to look at, to see the overlapping places where the “back” shows through the “front.” I hear you on the binding width thing. I always go with 2 1/4″–that 2 1/2″ width always leaves floppy binding or too much overlapping onto the back for me.

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