An Up, Up & Away plus quilt
At the last minute, after struggling to come up with any exciting gift ideas, I decided to make my parents a quilt for Christmas. I kept it simple, sticking with the same formula as my last quilt, but in a smaller throw size. Up, Up & Away by Heather Moore/Skinny LaMinx had just arrived and was calling my name, so away I went.
The whole process culminated in a couple of marathon quilting/Downton Abbey-watching sessions, with me sewing the binding on on Christmas Eve before we left to go to the airport to fly to Seattle. I’d envisaged doing my final hand-stitching on the plane but I finally realised that carrying the quilt, along with everything else, through the airport and attempting to stitch on the plane with a baby in our laps was insane. So mum and dad unwrapped an unfinished quilt, which I stitched up leisurely throughout the week. Handwork really shouldn’t be rushed, am I right?
Like last time I referenced Jeni Baker’s Arithmetic Quilt Pattern when planning this quilt, but I made adjustments because I wanted to use Essex Yarn Dyed in Olive as the background and I wanted it to fit onto a 70″ square throw size piece of Quilter’s Dream. I used Natural Request which is nice and light – the quilt is also backed and bound in linen and that adds some weight. It’s a lovely, indulgent quilt!
On the back I used up some extra squares with a row down the middle. I’m pleased to say that my quilting lines almost match these squares on the back – I tried so hard to line this up when I basted.
I didn’t do any math before laying this out so I chopped up a bit too much fabric. Now that I’m looking at it on the screen, I’ve done some of the math to save you time if you’d like to try something similar:
*You need 150 4.5″ squares for the pluses. That works out to 30 pluses or approximately 10 fat quarter metres.
*I used Up, Up & Away and we have nine prints in stock. I can see now that I’m looking at it that I didn’t divide up my pluses equally. So if you wanted to do that you’d need fat quarters of all nine fabrics, plus an extra fat quarter of your favourite three.
*You’ll also need two metres of Essex Yarn Dyed in Olive, cut into 111 4.5″ squares on the front. I ended up cutting the outer squares in half to fit the wadding. If you want to save yourself some fabric, you could cut those in half in advance and you’ll only need 1.5m (I think).
On our last morning in Seattle we took the quilt down to Gasworks Park, which is close to my parents’ house in Fremont, and took lots of pictures. I love how the quilt looks in this iconic place on such a foggy typical Seattle morning!