So, you know that old saying about the shoemakers’ kids having no shoes? Well, that is also kind of true for this quilter. I have probably made about 30 – 40 quilts in the past two years or so but had never made one for our bed. My son has three, my extended family all have at least one, some have two with several more in the WIP pile. Sadly, my husband and I did not have one for our bed.
That’s been rectified! Meet “Civil Rest”, this is a jumbo California King size quilt. It is actually more of a bedspread size. It measures 136″ x 120″ and was completely made on my domestic Juki sewing machine. My shoulders are a bit tender from wrestling with it in that tiny throat space but… I won the battle!
Speaking of battles, the name of the quilt pays homage to the years my husband and I silently waged war over the bed covers through the long, cold nights. He would turn over, taking 80% of the blankets with him. I would wake and yank 20% back. This would leave me with less than half… every… single… night. For years.
I promised him, I would make a quilt that was impossible for us to fight over, and guess what? I did. The overhang is a hearty 28″! Almost to the floor! We slept the past two nights with it and, Whaaat? No tug-o-war over the coverings!
As stated before, it measures 136″x120″. I used parts of a “Collection for a Cause” Fat Quarter bundle along with other fabrics from my stash. The bundle consisted of mostly civil war reproduction prints in browns, tans, creams with vibrant blues, pinks and reds. I omitted the pinks, I love wearing it but didn’t think hubby would want pink in the bedroom.
I used the QAYG method perfected by Jera at Quilting in the Rain. Basically, it is a foundation pieced log cabin quilt, using batting squares as the foundation. Each block measured 13.25″. There are 80 blocks. I then picked a wide backing by Kona called Primitive Gatherings in a muslin/tan colour. During the basting stage, I lost count at over 400 pins! The quilt even hung over my king-size quilting rails!
I just did straight-line quilting on the diagonal of each log cabin block. I knew because the piecing had been done on the batting, I only needed to lightly quilt the backing on. I am loving the large squares the quilting pattern creates. It really allows for the piecing and fabrics to shine. I wanted the quilt to look like it had been made ages ago.
I used Warm & Plush 100% cotton batting, which is a double-thick batting from the Warm Company. It will keep us warm and toasty well into the winter months. I haven’t yet washed it to get that gorgeous crinkled look. That will happen on the weekend when I have time to hang it out on the line.
So, now that we have peace, we can both get some rest.
Till next time…