I completed this king-sized quilt August 2018 for our son Ryan.
Ryan requested a king-sized quilt, a size I haven’t tackled before. But I did learn a valuable lesson: making a quilt wider than 2 widths of fabric means a lot of extra fabric to buy for the quilt back!
Half Square Triangles x 380! This was certainly a lot of squares to make and I needed a plan to pull it off. First I started by laying out the design on an Excel spreadsheet to determine the color layout and number of squares to make. The layout below of course is not an exact look for the quilt, but was close enough to have a pattern to work from.
Next I decided to sew the half square triangles (HST) together as I went to achieve the desired ombre effect. I divided my fabric into stacks of darkest to lightest colors, and started sewing a few squares at a time to lay the pattern on the floor as they were sewn.
Here is the entire quilt, layed out before sewing the HST’s together.
Next challenge was the backing, with a little surprise. I discovered Ryan liked octopus’s, so I went to my favorite website for paper piecing, Silver Linings Originals, for a beautiful octopus pattern. The octopus background is the same fabric as the entire quilt back making it feel like the octopus is floating in the water.
A king-sized quilt gave me another challenge, where to lay it out to sandwich the quilt together. We have a carpeted room which was large enough, and I just taped the backing and batting down to the carpet.
This picture shows the outline of the octopus, I marked where it is so I could make sure it would be straight when the quilt was finished.
I also marked the quilt front with pins in the approximate location I wanted the octopus to be.
The quilt completely pinned together.
And Finally, the finished quilt. I machine quilted everything, machine sewed the binding, however the binding back is hand-sewn.
The quilt back. I think the octopus fits nicely in the corner.
The quilt label is machine-stitched.