I’ve made several quilts this year that I am really proud of. Gone to Pieces is one of them.
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.
Then I reversed the blocks. I’m not sure which one I like best.
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.
I thought about a pillow. It could be made out of either block. These are for 15″ pillows.
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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