This quilt was designed from an image in my head of a quilt I saw a few years ago in an antique shop up north. The quilt was made with orange cottons and muslin. I fell in love with the quilt but when I peeked at the price tag, I knew I’d be leaving the quilt behind. I took a quick picture of the quilt and continued on, then a few months later while hiking in the desert in California my phone fell out of my pocket and through the glitches in life that happen, I was unable to download the pictures from the cloud! I sketched out the quilt as I remembered it and later when I decided I’d like to make the quilt I drew it out on graph paper. It may or may not represent the actual antique quilt, but I was happy with the results. My red and white original quilt was made using Lisa Bongean’s, Redwork Gatherings fabric line. I named this pattern after my grandmother’s Aunt Daisy. My Great, Great Aunt Daisy was always so prim and proper, always wore her hair in a long braid wrapped around her head or in a bun, stockings on (even in the summer heat with no air conditioning) and her neatly pressed cotton dress was always covered with a pretty pressed apron. She must be the influence of why I now collect antique aprons! I remember Aunt Daisy as always having an extremely clean and organized home. The divan and chairs were covered with her crocheted doilies on the arm rests and the backs; doilies decorated every tabletop and dresser. Her throw rugs were never askew, but always perfectly aligned to the planks of the wood floors. She was a very gifted crocheter and tatter. Once, after we left my Great, Great Aunt Daisy’s home, I remarked to my mother that Aunt Daisy had such a perfect house. My mother looked at me for a minute and then said, “Nothing in life is perfect except God.” My grandmother was a great seamstress, and my mother was an excellent cook and baker, and did beautiful embroidery, but she also did arts and crafts and flower arrangements. I remember as a child when she’d make an arrangement with silk flowers she reached up and move one flower stem out of place. When I asked why she always did this, she responded, “It is a good reminder that nothing and nobody in life is perfect. When I finished the quilt top, I took a picture. I was so happy with how the quilt top turned out. Then, I quilted the quilt and posted a picture, and it was quickly brought to my attention that there was a mistake in a block; I went back and looked and realized there was not one, but three errors in the quilt; block units turned the wrong way and one block unit made with the reverse colors. My first thought was to rip out the quilting and replace or reposition the blocks to correct my mistakes but my mother’s words about imperfections were bouncing around in my head, so I made a decision to leave the mistakes as a tribute to my mother. As quilters, our points might not be perfect, our blocks may be crooked or turned in the wrong direction but it a gentle reminder that we are quilters because we enjoy the process. We will take this journey together to create a quilt that is unique to our own personalities, and we will share in the joy of creating, bouncing ideas and inspiration and learning from each other, so put your worries aside and know that nothing in life is perfect as perfection is in the eye of the beholder.
If you consider yourself a beginner quilter, don’t worry! I’m going to walk you through this quilt, baby step by baby step! Don’t be afraid to ask me questions through the Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/groups/238458531647902 or send me a private message and I’ll answer you as quickly as possible. I believe that every quilter can make this quilt.
Now, let the fun begin! My yardage charts should be generous enough to make everything, each of the colorways, main color (MC) and background color (BC), were padded with an extra 1/8 yard to 1/4 yard. If you are making a scrappy quilt you may do like I do and pull extras to ensure you have enough. The original quilt was made from yardage I purchased from a quilt shop. I never dreamed anyone else would be interested in my quilt, so I didn’t keep track of what I used because I overcut squares not paying attention and then made other blocks from my scraps. There are TWO different yardage amounts for each finished size quilt. Why? If you own a Tri-Recs ruler or similar ruler set, there is a yardage chart for this. If you are only using two basic rulers without a Triangle in a Square specialty ruler, I have yardage figured for this and it is a generous estimated amount. I believe for my blue and white quilt along I’ll be making the bulk of my Triangle in a Square block units without the specialty rulers but instead use only straight rulers. I will, however, demonstrate both methods during that lesson.
Here are the rulers you will need but remember, this is only what I’m using for demonstrations, please feel free to use the rulers and methods that you prefer, there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way to make the blocks as long as you end up with 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ unfinished block units! You don’t need the brands listed; these were just what I had in my drawer!
Now, for the yardage charts. Please be kind, I’ve spent countless hours making sample blocks, figuring out yardage amounts for each of the block units and the entire quilt in each size. I’ve spent two nights barely sleeping as I worried that I might have made a mistake. I went back over my math last night, not once, but twice, working into the midnight hour! Then, this morning I woke up with a thought about one of the block units that didn’t make sense and rushed out into the sewing room to cut and sew two more samples of this block unit to retest and check my math! I’m laughing because when I’m designing quilts and making them for myself and my family, I don’t worry, but sharing information with other quilters, well, let the worrying begin!
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Aunt Daisy’s Quilt Along
These are the estimated yardage charts. For each size and each color there are two yardage amounts listed; the first set is the yardage if you plan to use a Tri-Recs ruler set or similar ruler set for a triangle in a square block unit. The second is if you plan to only use straight rulers.
|Dimension of finished quilts||Main Color with Tri-Recs Rulers||Background Color with Tri-Recs Rulers||Main Color without Tri-Recs Rulers||Background Color without Tri-Recs Rulers|
|King Size||112” x 112”||8 1/4 yds.||10 ½ yds.||10 yds.||12 ¼ yds.|
|Queen Size||84” x 112”||6 yds.||7 3/4 yds.||7 1/2 yds.||9 yds.|
|Double Size||84” x 84”||5 ¼ yds.||6 1/4 yds.||6 yds.||7 yds.|
|Twin Size||56” x 84”||3 ½ yds.||4 ¼ yds.||4 yds.||4 ¾ yds.|
|Lap Size||56” x 56”||2 2/3yds.||3 yds.||3 yds.||3.5 yds.|
|Table Topper or Pillow Front||28” x 28”||1 ¼ yds.||1 ¼ yds.||1 ¼ yds.||1 ¼ yds.|
|King Size||Queen Size||Double Size||Twin Size||Lap Size||Table Topper|
Please post pictures on the Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/238458531647902 so we can begin to share and inspire each other!
Also, share the Facebook group with your friends and sewing or quilting groups to encourage others to join in on the quilt along!
The first lesson will be posted in February! I’ll give the date and time as soon as I finish editing the lesson!