Row by Row Millenium Quilt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I love that I went out of my comfort zone in 2003 to commit to the 8 women/8row round robin in the first place as that was a totally new experience to trust strangers with rows in my quilt using my fabric box. I also am so glad I got it back out of the closet and finished the missing row (one gal got sick) and added one row for length and quilted it in panels all by MYSELF! I did not send it out to be quilted by a longarmer and I got the job done. This quilt is using all scraps and stash that was in my collection in 2003 when we started. I also recycle flannel or wool blankets into my quilts as my battings and that worked great. .The back is also pieced from old stash. A very green eco-friendly project. What advice would you give someone starting this project? You can make any large sized quilt in free motion style with a domestic machine as long as you break it up into sections or pieces that are in YOUR own comfort level for free motioning. I viewed it as if I was quilting three super long and wide table runners (which I knew i could manage, right?) and then joining them together. You could also have done a large quilt like this in quarter sections too if you felt comfortable with that body of a quilt sandwich in your machine. You too can eat a millennial elephant one bite at a time! :)

What you will need

  • This is a quilt was designed in 2000 by Patti Anderson and is mostly a pattern from Patchpieces.com. I started it in 2003-04 or so and we 7 gals did all the rows in a round robin trade amongst us 7 ladies. I ended up doing three rows on mine instead of one. It is 70x95 double bed sized and I quilted it FMQ meandering in three panels of 3 rows each. I then joined the panels from the front
  • then batting
  • then backing and FMQ the two joining areas. I did this on a domestic sewing machine so large projects are possible to FMQ on small machines if you plan it out. I quilted about 1/2 inch to an inch apart and enjoyed it very much. Fun to have this UFO done!

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