3 Crazy Sister’s Finish

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I signed up for Joe Cunningham’s “Pattern-Free Quiltmaking” on Craftsy and this quilt is a variation of the first quilt he demonstrated in the class. I will not go into too much detail on how this is made but I did want to show a little bit of my process and the variation that I ended up doing.

I started with a yard of each fabric as that is what I had on hand. It is made with simple strip construction, that you then cut based on formulas that are provided but with a lot of freedom.

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As I soon discovered you used 2/3 more of one color than the other and there wouldn’t be enough to make the quilt large enough for a Project Linus donation. It was time to change it up so I could make it larger. After all, what is a pattern free quilt if you can’t change the pattern?

This is a partial view of what it would have looked like if I had continued:

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This is how it finished up, as you can see, the green is more concentrated in this second one.

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I wish I had either spaced out the green more and extended it out towards the edges. I used leftover green to piece a border to help extend the size.

Here is a back photo of the quilting, I wanted something fun and quick.

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The blue blends perfectly with the design in the quilt. Again not enough fabric so I have a pieced back:
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I tried using all the leftover fabrics from the front and back, but I was about 6 inches short! Just 6 inches. Sigh. I pulled out two pink/red fabrics that also were in the print of the fabric and I thought the darker of the two framed the quilt well.

For binding I used a decorative stitch.

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Not one of my favorite quilts, but the technique intrigued me. I think different fabrics would change my mind so there may be another one in my future.

I am however pleased that I found a way to use what I had on hand, changing it up to make it large enough to donate, and trying something outside my comfort zone.

The quilt finishes at 40 x 40. Perfect size for a baby play mat.

So what have you done outside your comfort zone lately?

Enjoy the Journey, Jackie

  • SandyH

    I’ve got the same class but haven’t started it yet–it’s great to see how yours turned out! And thanks for giving the measurements, since that gives me the thought that it would be a great, relatively easy way to use up some stash and make cute donation quilts. Nice job!

    • Jackie

      Thanks. Just a note. A yard of each will not result in the same size unless you add more of the secondary color. I plan to try the others he did as well. Can’t wait to see what you do.

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Susan Owenby

    So sweet! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • s k

    I like that, it looks like a simple concept, I’ll try it for a Linus quilt, thanks for posting xx Sally

    • Jackie

      It is a simple concept a variation of the rail fence, or what Joe calls crazy sisters.

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Pat Merkle

    Love your flowers!

    • Jackie

      Thank you Pat, I did a little practicing to see get a continuous line design. It was fast, fun and easy.

      Jackie Berdych
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