This quilt was originally designed to be an 11 week quilt along. It's a great project for using up fabric scraps. The quilt measures 58 x 82 inches. The design is meant to look chaotic up close and come into focus as you back away.A little background on the process
Each step has a detailed PDF file with cutting charts and assembly diagrams for you. For those that like to know more about the logic behind the process I'll share a little about how the design came to be.
This really started out as a half baked idea with no real pattern. Almost all the quilts I make have been given away as gifts or donations. This time I wanted to make something fun that my husband would enjoy. Since we like all things sci-fi, I found a great pumpkin carving template of Mr. Spock at pink ray gun
. I really wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it though. I was getting tired of applique and needed something different. After several months of pondering I decided to try a scrappy quilt. I wanted the quilt to be very chaotic and scrappy up close but reveal an image as you backed away from it.
I cropped and scanned the pumpkin carving template image into a cross stitch chart generator
to get a grid over it. This step took a few tries to get what I wanted (see photo 3).
Next I began to mark off my block sections. I didn't want the uniformity of visible rows so I pieced large sections and then put the sections together at random spots. So I wouldn't get lost between sewing sessions I colored in the sections that were finished with a high light marker (see photo 4).The Cutting Math
To keep it simple my scale was 1 inch = 1 square on the grid. I cut each piece 1/2 larger in length and width to allow for the seams (1/4 inch seam on both sides).
For example. I need a piece that is 2 grid squares by 3 grid squares on my chart. So I cut a piece of fabric that is 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches.
And that's how the Fascinating Quilt was born.
Are you ready to make one of your own?