Monday, October 10, 2016

whole cloth quilt


I've always greatly admired whole cloth quilts. I love their minimalist non fussy look, and I especially love that the stitching is what makes these quilts. 


And, after planning and plotting for way too long, I finally have a whole cloth quilt of my own :).


It all started rather simply. Just two Ultra Soft twin sized flat sheets from Target and some batting I had on hand. I first washed, dried, and ironed the sheets and removed all the finished seams along the edges.


I then used 505 basting spray and basted the two fabrics and batting the same way I would any other quilt.

I used a 1.5" wide yardstick and water soluble fabric pen (the blue side) to mark all my lines. This, I must admit, was my least favorite part of the process but it had to be done as I wanted nice straight lines along the length of the quilt.


And then the fun started. I used perle cotton in light shades of gray and beige and I stitched and stitched. I don't use any hoops or frames when I hand quilt, I just plop myself on a couch with basted quilt in my lap and simply go for it.


Once the quilting was all done (which wasn't a quick process at all as it took a few weeks for me to get it done), I trimmed and squared up the quilt. I then machine stitched one side of the binding on, flipped it to the other side and hand stitched it in place using simple running stitch.


I then washed and dried the quilt and absolutely adore the final drape and feel of this quilt. Even my kids, who are not huge fans of regular quilts, love this one.

QUILT STATS
finished size: 61" x 88" 
fabrics used: two flat twin sized sheets from Target
batting: Pellon's Nature's Touch cotton batting

Thanks for reading, friends. Wishing you all a fantastically creative week. Svetlana



26 comments:

  1. YUMMY ! Simply Beautiful. Looks like something you could buy at Pottery Barn that would cost you an arm and a leg : / Thanks for sharing. Janita

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  2. The hand stitched binding is perfect for this quilt!

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  3. I just finished a quilt for my 25 yr old son and believe I will go for a whole cloth quilt as I love handquilting this way. I used wool batting on my last two quilts and the feel and drape is so different from cotton - my kids really prefer it because it is squishy and warm.

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  4. Thank you for sharing the details, I have been admired this one through your IG account. Using sheets is a great idea, as is the way you finished the binding using running stitch. Love your whole cloth quilt Svetlana!

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  5. love, love, love! I have always wanted to make one of these, its on my (mile long) to do list ;)

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  6. This is absolutely gorgeous! I have to admit that my first thought when I saw that you used sheets was "how in the world did she hand quilt this?" Isn't the sheet material too dense? I'd imagine that you'd have very sore fingers! Please tell me that I'm wrong because I very much want to copy your quilt! Thanks for some wonderful inspiration!

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  7. Gorgeous! Do you already have plans for another one? I've always wanted to try one using voile for a soft summer quilt :)

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  8. Very, very pretty! I absolutely love the red binding.

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  9. Absolutely amazing in its simplicity !! Well done :*
    Karin

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  10. love hand quilted quilts have a plan to make a whole cloth one one day as it will be so much easier to quilt without bulky seams that I struggle with when hand quilting what a beauty you have here

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  11. Nice! I hear pros and cons of using sheets as backing, but have never had any trouble with customer quilts on my longarm. I have not used them in hand quilting, but I'm happy to see they work well there, too. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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  12. thanks for sharing the idea, now Target bed sheet is no longer boring looking sheet. love love love...

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  13. Your quilt is definitely awesome!

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  14. whole cloth are my favorite of all time. Your stitches are beautiful. the first quilt I ever made was a white velveteen baby quilt. I hadn't a clue. and no, I do not have a photo...

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  15. I'm a little confused - you said you used sf101 basting spray. I've used SF101 interfacing but have never heard of sf101 basting spray. Can you give more details? Thanks! It's a lovely quilt, by the way!

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    1. oh, so sorry about that. I meant 505 spray :)

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  16. Stunning! There is something very special about this quilt. I like it very much.

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  17. i love this! i've been toying with this same idea for a while now too. this is just the push i need!

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  18. This is so pretty. I have been tempted to do the same thing with the extra wide quilt backing fabrics that I always seem to fall in love with! It seems that the blankets we purchase for our bed are Never long enough or wide enough and if I make a couple I might actually get to stay covered this winter! Unless our grown children 'borrow' them. I just may have to go find my fabric catalogs... thanks for the idea.

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  19. LOVE your quilt! Thank you for sharing!

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  20. What a great quilt- love the simplicity of it! I have used the 505 spray basting spray to machine quilt, but would have never thought to use it in hand quilting. I would think it would gum the needle--hmmm... going to have to give it a try! Love it when learning comes totally by surprise!

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