Sweet 16 Birthday Quilt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Managing to quilt entire project on my 40+ year old Kenmore sewing machine! It was a huge challenge to maneuver the bulk every which way for the outline quilting. I even used pink thread for quilting on the light fabrics and brown thread on the brown blocks. What advice would you give someone starting this project? Be patient and methodical. Read & re-read instructions. Laying out blocks on a design wall (old flannel sheet attached to a blank wall with push-pins!) before sewing together. Double-check seam allowances often. It makes a difference to the outcome. Keep a seam ripper handy...

What you will need

  • Cotton prints
  • solid & batik in quilt-top; flannel on back

Q&A with KDKwilter

LiseS. asked:
what size is sweet sixteen quilt and can it be kitted.
KDKwilter answered:
I used the pattern "Modern Mirrors" from the wonderful book, Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space, and Style by Amy Ellis ((That Patchwork Place - Paperback - Feb 7, 2011). The original pattern uses 9 rows of 6 blocks which each finish at 10" x 14" for a finished quilt of 82.5" x 90.5". However, I made it as a Lap Quilt, approximately 56" x 70". I made the same blocks using the same assembly directions as the original pattern; except that I only made 7 rows of 4 blocks! The pattern called for using a jelly roll for the strips inside the blocks/mirrors, so that's pretty free-wheeling. I was searching for a specific look and only used six fabrics in my blocks which I cut from yardage. This is the third project I made, so I'd say it was relatively easy to make. It might be suitable for a kit.
bmartini14 asked:
I am working on this quilt right now! Except, I am just using solid colors for the squares instread of the strips. I love this color combination!
KDKwilter answered:
I'd love to see this pattern made up in solids. I'm sure you'll be happy with your quilt, too. Best wishes!