Shaded four patch- Jennifer & Daniel

Project Description

What are you most proud of? This was the first quilt I did any free-motion quilting on- it was such a big job that I was afraid I wouldn't be able to complete the areas, but I stuck with it and after several months of working on it, it's finally at it's new home. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Looking back, I wish I had known the final dimensions of the quilt that was illustrated on the website- it took so long to finish that I got frustrated several times, and wanted to quit, but since I was making it for someone else, I couldn't give up. The blocks were easy to make; following the instructions, you make the block slightly bigger then trim to size, which was nice. I'd encourage anyone who wants to try this to make a smaller one, then add borders if you need a bigger size.

What you will need

  • My daughter and her husband asked me to use fabrics in purple
  • black
  • blue
  • green and red - most of the fabrics were purchased at my local Hancock's Fabrics
  • but some of the blocks were made using material from my daughter's toddler dresses. Other fabrics represent my son-in-law's military service
  • their passion for motorcycles
  • as well as their home. I used a poly/cotton blend batting
  • and the back was made using muslin
  • as well as large blocks of red
  • green and purple. It was bound in the same red. I found the pattern on treadleon.net. The original pattern is called "On the Road to Treadleonia"
  • using a layout called 'Wells of Happiness" and is a shaded 4-patch. This was the first quilt I started
  • and I didn't really understand how big the original quilt was going to be
  • so I just kept making blocks
  • adding more fabrics; since their home is nicknamed the Chicken Ranch (several chicken houses nearby) I told my daughter that I was going to call it "On the Road to the Chicken Ranch" but after working on it for months
  • I renamed it The Quilt That Never Ends. The final dimensions on the quilt are 8 feet wide and 9 feet long- perfect for them to snuggle on the couch with their 3 American Staffordshire Terriers.

Q&A with BethMR

Baka asked:
I LOVE this quilt. Quite an eye-catcher.
BethMR answered:
thank you!
Jfritch70 asked:
What class was this? It's beautiful.
BethMR answered:
I used the ideas from Creative Quilt Backings for the back of the quilt, since it was so big- I knew I would have to piece it, and she had some wonderful ideas. thank you!
Nilza asked:
I'm glad you persevered it's beautiful.
BethMR answered:
thank you- they were both very happy with the results. (I was too!)

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