Man Quilt by Mouseinmypocket

Summary

Category:
Quilting
Pattern:
Status:
Complete
Started:
2012-11-03T00:00:00Z
Finished:
2012-11-24T00:00:00Z
Tutorial:
None

Description

I mentioned in a thread over on the forum, that I'm wanting to make a quilt for my dad.  The biggest problem with that is, of course, finding fabric that isn't covered in pink and purple and flowers.  I'm super excited that I've found some fabric that fits that description, and a pattern to use it.

I stopped by The Stitching Post, in Washington, IN, and picked up some great Bali Pops in Cappuccino (3 whole packs - just in case) and a great chocolate brown Stonehenge print as background.  I'm planning on doing something similar to the Radio Way quilt, using the 2 1/2 inch strips.  I think that will give me 10 1/2 inch blocks. So, assuming I make a king sized quilt (120"x120"), I'll need a total of 144 blocks.  That's a lot, so I may not make it quite that big, but that's my starting place.  Anyone want to cut my Stonehenge yardage into strips for me?

**Update 11/03-04/2012**
I did Virtual Craft Night! with +SarieCherries and some other lovely ladies last night (and early this morning).  While I was participating I managed to cut and piece one entire jelly roll.  For anyone who may need to know, you get exactly 31 (thirty-one) 10 1/2 inch blocks from one of the Bali Pop Jellyrolls.  Knowing that, I'll have to do some math and figure out how many more 10 1/2 inch strips to cut before I start cutting 6 1/2 inch strips for the alternating blocks.  I want to make the quilt as large as possible without any waste.

**Update 11/05/2012**
I really hate math, but for some reason, quilt math sucks a little less.  With the help of some colored pencils and graph paper I was able to determine how many strips of each size I needed to cut from my Bali Pops fabric to get the largest quilt possible without waste.  It looks like I'll need to make another 29 of the A blocks and a total of 62 B Blocks.  I'll be using a full Jellyroll to finish off the A Blocks, which I will probably do first.  Then I'll move to the B Blocks.  Assuming 40 inches per strip,I need to cut 31 of my jellyroll strips to get enough material to make the centers for the B Blocks.  I plan to make all the centers for the B Blocks and then go back and add the border material - I'm going to avoid cutting it up as long as possible.  It looks like I'll have a quilt that finishes around 110"x110".  Not quite King size, but not bad.

**Update 11/09/2012**
I took a few days off this quilt to get the Fiery Labyrinth quilt ready to go to the quilter and to make a pair of mini bloomers. But I got back to work on it this evening.  I did the second jellyroll of rail fence style blocks tonight.  Tomorrow I'm going to tackle making the picture frame blocks.

**Update 11/11/2012**
I got the center section of all the B blocks complete late last night during Virtual Craft Night.  Once that was done, I cut out all the 6 1/2-inch background strips and attached them.  They're all ready, and I cut my Jellyroll width strips for the last outside section, but I'm about 1/2 a yard short. So sad... I'll have to drive back up to The Stitching Post and get some more.  But maybe I'll be able to figure out what I want to do for the backing while I'm there.

**Update 11/12/2012**
I finished all the blocks tonight and got the backing put together!  It's pretty shocking since Mouse really didn't seem to want to let me work on anything.  She kept setting on my blocks.  Also, she want to make sure that you know she matches the quilt.

**Update 11/15/2012**
I got all of the blocks laid out downstairs.  I decided to make it 100x120 instead of 110x110 - mostly because it fits better in my space.... Also, I apparently need a bigger basement.  I also finished assembling the 1st quadrant.  That took about an hour, so I guess just assembling the top is going to take 4 hours.  Hmmm... 4 hours assembly + appx 15 minutes per block * 120 blocks = 34 hours. So... since I'm not really that fast, and it will still have to be bound once it gets back from the quilter this quilt will have taken me an entire work week to complete.  I really hope dad likes it.

**Update 11/16/2012**
I got another 2 quadrants of the top complete, and got the first 2 quardrants sewn together.  Tomorrow, I'll get up and finish the top.  I will even try to take it out and hang for photos. I love how it looks.  Now... to find someone who can quilt it for me by Christmas.  Anyone want to volunteer?

**Update 11/17/2012**
Guess what!  The top is done!  And I took photos.  It didn't take a winch to move, but it is heavy.  Now, I just need a quilter that can get this quilted and back to me before Christmas....

**Update 11/17/2012 #2**
I called my local quilter, and guess what! She's going to fit me in.  I'm going to drop it off to her on Monday afternoon. AWESOME!

**Update 11/24/2012**
I got the quilt back from my local quilter today. She did a fantastic job.  I got the binding put on this afternoon too.  And that means... It's done!  I'm so excited!  I hope that dad love's it as much as I do. If he doesn't I'm never giving him anything again. ;)

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Comments

True

Love the fabric you found and it will be perfect in this quilt...cannot wait to see...sorry can't help cut honest I am;-)

Mouseinmypocket

True That's ok... I need to finish up my Labyrinth quilt before I get started on this one anyway. I'm trying to only have pieces for one quilt cut up at a time. It helps me be a little more organized... or a least a bit less messy. And cutting shouldn't take too long. At least I'm cutting 2 1/2 inch strips and not 1 1/2 inch strips. The first quilt I made was nothing but 1 1/2 inch strips. I think I cut 4-5 yards of them.

Sewnsew

Eek! That is a lot of cutting. I have my Sizzix under my arm, my bags are packed and I am just waiting for you to send the ticket so I can start cut
ting Stonehenge for you. ;)

Mouseinmypocket

Sewnsew hah! Thanks for the thought. Hopefully it won't be too bad. It will probably be more annoying to cut the strips into 6 1/2 or 10 1/2 in pieces. Oh well... I'll definitely have to replace my rotary blade before I start this one.

Sewnsew

Always glad to help.

fullmoonwith_face

Sewnsew

You are flying along. The fabrics are fabulous.

True

Holy moly you are flying and this will be simply gorgeous and manly when done!

Joygross

Very nice... I love the colors and the pattern.. it really is going to look wonderful. I actually half one of the bali pops in that color. :)

Mouseinmypocket

Joygross True Sewnsew Thanks everyone! I took the day off from quilts yesterday, and have a meeting tonight, but I'm hoping to get back on the bandwagon tomorrow. I just have to do some quilt math so I can get the right number of each of the blocks.

Jennifleur

I really like the pattern and batiks are perfect for a masculine quilt. He'll surely love it!

Sewnsew

It's looking good!

True

You are flying along here!

True

Do you expect us to just believe you??? Where are the pictures?!!

Mouseinmypocket

True Ok fine... I'll go down and take some. :)

Mouseinmypocket

True pictures posted

True

Mouseinmypocket Much, much better...and i was very worried whether this one had passed inspection and I am now confident it has;-). It is really a gorgeous quilt...he Is going to love it.

True

This is an incredible quilt and I so love the picture of Mouse just lying there quite stately!

Mouseinmypocket

True thanks! It is HUGE. I almost dread the construction. I'm going to have to do this one in quadrants, and not looking forward to piecing the final 2 halves together... Plus, I really need to find someone who could get this quilted before Christmas... I don't think that will happen.

Sariecherries

This is looking so great!! I really like this pattern!!!

Mouseinmypocket

Sariecherries thanks Sarah! It's coming out really well, and making it with Jellyrolls means it actually went together pretty fast. I HATE cutting strips. They always end up a little off.

Grendelskin

SO gorgeous! You're doing great! That's a huge top!

Mouseinmypocket

Grendelskin Thanks! And, yes it is HUGE. I didn't realized how big it was until I got it all laid out.

True

Oh I love seeing the one section all sewn together...truly an awesome quilt he will love it! But it is huge!!!!

Mouseinmypocket

True I really have lost my mind.

Terryt1955

You are going to need a winch (hmm, is that the right spelling) to get this thing from your house to the car when you find a quilter! What an undertaking and I can't believe how fast you are getting this done. It's beautiful, manly and quite impressive!

Conniharns

This is really beautiful. Love the pattern you chose also. Very big quilt!! Your dad is sure to love this..!

Quilt455

Oh, what a great gift for your dad. This is a great pattern. Just want to know if you have slept since 11/3. You got this done so fast, I would most likely be still cutting. Hope you will post a picture of Dad with his quilt for us.

Firetones

Looking great! Such a good choice of macho-looking fabrics!

True

Truly gorgeous and so perfect for your dad...and excellent news you can get it quilted!!!! It is huge truly a wonderful gift. And I agree have you slept at all;-)??

Mouseinmypocket

Firetones Quilt455 Terryt1955 True I sleep... I just sew from the time I get home from work until I go to bed most of the week. I enjoy doing it. Though I think my husband would prefer it if I did more useful things... like make dinner. And I'll be sure to post a photo of dad with the quilt after Christmas.

Terryt1955

Dinner? I heard rumor that once this was a common practice! Thank God my kids are grown or they'd be screwed up for sure.

Quilt455

Well, I know Dinner is important so thank goodness my husband cooks cause I am in the sewing room.

Sariecherries

Looks fantastic!! Great job!!!

Joygross

I really love how it turned out.. you should be so proud.

Laweigel

He will love it and be so proud of you!!! It turned out so nice. It matches the kitty so perfectly.

True

OMG I can not believe this one is all done!!! WOW and he will love it as how could he not...really a wonderful and loving present makes me cry!

Mouseinmypocket

don't cry True

True

Mouseinmypocket I bet I am not the only one when this is given;-)

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