Wednesday, March 20, 2019

First Lifetime Quilt

I recently finished the LAST 20" block of my Lifetime Quilt:

There are 25 of these blocks in the 100" x 100" quilt. I will spend the next few weeks assembling the top, it's about half together now. I'll sew it in two halves, then join those for the top. It is HEAVY! There are 12, 800 half square triangles, each 1.25" finished, so almost as much seam allowance as top. There will be wool batt to help with the weight.

I'm not sure how I feel right now about this being done...I have enjoyed making it but as the end approached I realized I was a bit tired of it and ready to be done.

To read more posts about this project go: here and here.

For the last few months I've been thinking, while sewing, what the next Lifetime quilt should be.

Here is one option, in two sizes:

The one on the left is 4.5" finished, the one on the right is 3.75" finished. Both use the 2" strips I have left from the Lifetime Quilt. I am leaning toward the small one.

What I really thought I wanted to do was a Flying Geese quilt BUT to use the 2" strips left over I either had to make the geese from two Half Square Triangles or use the Rectangle/Square method. Not a fan of either method--the two HST have a seam in the middle and best pressing would mean pressing one toward the light, one toward the dark--too much trouble.

These made by the square/rectangle method are not really nice and straight; they are 1.5" x 3" finished:

I make much better geese making four at a time from oversized pieces--tutorial on this method listed under Tutorials, above.

So, the hunt is still on for the next Lifetime Quilt--since it will take a lot of time, I want it to be a design I really want to make.

I am traveling to teach quite a bit these next few months so I will have "hotel" time to think about various designs I want to consider. Eventually, I'll settle on the right one and get it started.

Let's quilt!



  1. It's a beauty! I'm sure you'll come up with an idea for your next one and it too will be spectacular!

  2. I love it and admire your love of small pieces! Cannot wait to see what's next!

  3. Congratulations on your life time quilt. I have a few of those in progress. One is little four patches that finish at two inches, so cute. Let us know what you decide.

  4. Love the lifetime quilt you just finished!!
    The X block is another great option--it would be amazing in the small size.

  5. Gorgeous! I love quilts with a ton of small pieces!