Gone to Pieces

I’ve made several quilts this year that I am really proud of. Gone to Pieces is one of them.

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Gone to Pieces

I designed the quilt but I had no intention of actually making the quilt.

But when my design was selected to be in an issue of McCall’s Quilting, I decided to make the quilt myself. I used several beautiful batiks from Robert Kaufman Fabrics: Artisan Batik Elementals, Tiger Fish by McKenna Ryan and Marks by Valerie Wells.

Electric Quilt 7 (EQ) tells me there are 2,821 pieces in this queen-size quilt. Everyone at the office was teasing me about all the pieces it would take to make the quilt. They said that while I was putting the pieces of the quilt together, I would be slowly falling apart. That’s where the name Gone to Pieces came from.

Gone To Pieces finishes at 85” square. It is one of the quilts in the January/February 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting, which is available now at your local quilt shop, on newsstands or at quiltandsewshop.com. The pattern is also available as a digital download.

But I started wondering – what if I wanted to make something a little less labor intensive? What are the possibilities? So I got into EQ to see a few of the possibilities.

If I remove one row of blocks, I’ll wind up with a 64” throw that has 1,733 pieces. That’s still a whole bunch of pieces but it’s really pretty.

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Throw size

Then I reversed the blocks. I’m not sure which one I like best.

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Throw with Blocks Reversed

I tried taking away one more row of blocks and I have a wall hanging measuring 43” square with 921 pieces. That seems like a whole lot of pieces for something that small.

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Wall Hanging

I thought about a pillow. It could be made out of either block. These are for 15″ pillows.

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Pillow #1


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Pillow #2

But then I thought about enlarging one of the blocks, changing the fabric and maybe adding a border to make a baby quilt. It measures 45” square. Hmmm … I may be onto something here. Stay tuned.

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A Baby Quilt Idea

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About Lori Baker

Lori is the creative editor at Quilters Newsletter.
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5 Responses to Gone to Pieces

  1. Janie Lantz says:

    Hey, Lori Baker!
    We met a long time ago at Huston Quilt Market. You got a TruEmbroidery demo at the HV booth and we had a nice visit.
    Just had to say I LOVE this quilt block, and the colors you used.

  2. Carol says:

    I love your GONE TO PIECES! It is very unique! I guess that’s what designing your own block is all about! I wonder if this design would be suitable for scrappy batiks? I’ve searched for quilt designs I like then try to determine whether or not scraps can be used. I’ve got a ga-zillion of them.

  3. Lori Baker says:

    I think it would be great in scrappy batiks. Give it a try. Use your design wall and I’ll bet it will be wonderful. Share your photo when you are done.

  4. Nann says:

    I admired your design and the quilt when I read the recently-arrived issue of McCQ. The alternate blocks highlight the Missouri Puzzle block. And the monochromatic colorway is so soothing!

  5. Joanne Nelson says:

    Fantastic, I love the design of your quilt, and the blue batiks are great. Just wondering if you have a king size version of the pattern?

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