Welcome to my stop for Gotham Quilts’ stunning free pattern, the Yuma Quilt! And it’s not too late for you to join in and create your own Yuma. In case you haven’t seen it before, here is the whole schedule:
June 17 – kickoff blog post on Gotham Quilts
week of June 22 — Made by Chrissie D
week of June 29 — Faith and Fabric
week of July 6 — Daydreams of Quilts
week of July 13 — Lisa in Port Hope
week of July 20 — Sunflower Quilting
week of July 27 — Roar Haus
week of August 2 — Gnome Angel
August 10th — Life Under Quilts
August 12th – closing blog post on Gotham Quilts, start of linky party
August 19th – winner(s) chosen from linky party
For my quilt, I had been musing about an all-neutral quilt, so I went with a silver and gold theme (not just white and grey so it didn’t get too blah and boring) and I am thrilled at the result! I decided that this will be a gift for my in-laws, and chose some of the fabrics to especially match their interests and background–they bicycle everywhere in the summer, my father-in-law loves music and singing, and they are from England originally.
I tried to keep track of how long it took to create my quilt;
Starching, ironing, cutting – 2 hours
Sewing the log cabin triangles and pieced triangles – 5 hours (ironing all the seams open slows everything down)
Piecing the rows – about 20-25 minutes each, total 3 hours
Sewing the rows together – just over an hour
Therefore this is definitely achievable as a weekend retreat quilt, and the visual impact is fabulous. In all honesty, I was lucky to have two solid evenings to work on this quilt, normally my sewing and quilting is in chunks of less than an hour. It might take you less time than me.
When cutting the 6-1/2″ squares out of fat quarters, I actually cut out a 13″ square, then bisected it twice, this leaves the most usable leftover fabric. Another minor change I made is to cut the side triangles by cutting 8 (eight) 8-7/8″ squares (alright, actually I used 9″) in half diagonally, giving me a straight-of-grain edge for the sides of the quilt. I do plan to edge stitch the top and bottom however before quilting. There are 6 leftover pieces — two of the large triangles, and 4 of the 6-1/2″ squares. As of writing of this post, I still need to piece the backing and baste my quilt, but if you come back on Wednesday, I will share cutting directions for a matching pillow (I used my leftover cut pieces) and there will be another giveaway!
But you guessed it, the first giveaway is right here! Gotham Quilts has generously offered a $25 gift certificate to their shop, and I can vouch that the shipping was really fast (only one week, even with customs in Montreal), and the cuts are the straightest I have ever gotten from an online or local quilt shop. To enter, please visit Gotham Quilts and tell me which bundle you would use to make a Yuma, or what fabrics you would choose to build your own design. When you leave a comment, you will be prompted for an email address–please use one you check regularly. One comment per person please, and the giveaway closes Sunday July 19 at 9:00 pm EDT.
Comments now closed, congratulations Sarah.
The disclosure piece: I received a discount on the fabrics I purchased for this quilt, but all opinions are honest and my own.