Hidden Chains: A Crown Royal Quilt

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Crown Royal Quilt
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On November 22nd a friend of ours was looking for someone to make a quilt for her Dad for Christmas.  Her Mom had collected 149 Crown Royal bags over the years.  Based on the late date, I would need commitment from my friend from The Quilted Loon to quilt it because it was too close to Christmas to get it quilted through the local quilt shops.  I estimated cost to be $125-$150 (my time and quilting) plus $40-$60 in materials (batting, binding and backing).

 

Bag Deconstruction:

I underestimated the amount of time needed to deconstruct the bags.  I had read that the thread on the bag would melt if ironed.  I cut off the top draw string and cuff and then cut off the seam with the thread.  Cutting of the seam destroyed nearly a 1/2″ of fabric which was really needed.  So, needless to say, I did not use this method.  Instead, we seam ripped the thread from the inside out.

In order to center Crown Royal in a square, the biggest square you can make is 4×4 unfinished and that leaves only a 1/4″ in front of the word Crown and a 1/4″ after the word Royal.  I employed my sister-in-law, my Mom and myself to seam rip bags over Thanksgiving.  This was a 3-5 day process.  We seam ripped the backs as well but I ended up not using the backs in the quilt.  Once the pieces were separated, I pressed them all before cutting them.

Crown Royal Bag Deconstruction pameladianedesigns.com

Crown Royal Bag Deconstruction
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Design:

I decided it was best to make my own design since most patterns would not call for a 4″ square and I would spend a lot more trying to locate a pattern  in a book.  I mocked up a half of block along with a drawing in order to determine how much fabric I needed to purchase.  Unfortunately, I could not find a fabric at the quilt shop that matched the same tan colored fabric from my scrap stash.  Darn!  Once I started to cut the fabrics I purchased, it was clear that the design was not going to work as well with the new fabrics.

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So back to the design drawing board I went and created a design similar to this.  The quilt would consist of three blocks across by seven blocks down.

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Cut x 21:

2-4 x 4  CR squares (center of plus sign) (42 bags)

2-4 x 4 1/2 CR squares (42 bags)

8-2 1/2 x 4 Purple Handspray rectangles (2 yards)

2-2 1/2 x 4 purple CR rectangles

8-2 1/2 x 2 1/2 camel/tan flannel squares (1 1/4 yards) Essentials by Wilmington Prints

1-2 x 2 camel/tan flannel square (center square)

Border & Backing:

1″ whiskey brown inner border (1/3 yard)

3 1/2 chevron outer border (from backing sides)

2 1/2″ whiskey brown binding (1/2 yard)

Chevron backing (4 1/2 yards) Daydreams 3 Flower Bomb by Camelot Cottons

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Quilt on the long arm machine…

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The finished quilt…

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Crown Royal Quilt
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Crown Royal Quilt
Side View
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In laundering the quilt, I would definitely use color catchers during the wash cycle.  I am not an advocate of pre-washing fabric.  However if I made another Crown Royal quilt, I probably would pre-wash and dry bags before seam ripping and cutting them.

Pillowcases for Christmas

This year I decided to make pillowcases and use them as wrapping paper for some of the gifts.  What prompted me to do it was that Gigi had bought Troy a large stuffed Olaf and wrapping with paper would have been too hard to contain the gift.

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Pillowcase for Ellie
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Pillowcase for Ellie from Gigi
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Pillowcase for Troy
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Pillowcase for Troy from Gigi pameladianedesigns.com

Pillowcase for Troy from Gigi
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I love the fabrics on the pillowcase below.  They are from the “Cooking Italiano” collection by Windham Fabrics.  The body of the pillowcase is 39401-X, the accent strip is 39405-4 and the cuff is 39402-1.  I purchased this fabric at the Grand Rapids AQS Quilt Show from Fields of Fabric in August 2014.  I wouldn’t mind getting more of the fabrics from this collection to make placemats, napkins, potholders and an oven mitt.  I downloaded the free projects document on my iPad and stored it in iBooks.  Now all I need to do is find all the fabrics in this collection.

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Pillowcase for Kevin
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Christmas Wreath Table Mat

For our December Heritage Quilter’s Meeting. we had to make a homemade gift for under $10.  This mat is patterned after an item I saw on Pinterest by “The Quilted Kitchen”.  The item originally sold for $85 but was no longer available.  I re-created the pattern using 1″ finished squares but many are made up of half square triangles.  It has a 1/2″ inner border and a 2″ outer border.  What I love most about this mat is the cross hatch quilting on the cream fabric and the simplicity of the design.  I really love the snowman fabric on the back but you don’t get to see it.  I already have fabric to make a second one and I won fabric at the December Quilts of Compassion Sew-In Event to make a third one.  For future mats, I will will use light fabric on the back.

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Christmas Wreath Table Mat
Heritage Quilter’s Gift Exchange
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Christmas Wreath Table Mat Back
Heritage Quilter’s Gift Exchange
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Candy Dish Pillow

On November 18th, I took a class at Creative Quilt Kits to learn how to machine stitch hexagons without having to sew “Y seams”.  The project is the Candy Dish pillow by Jaybird Quilts.  I used a new ruler, Hex N’ More”.  I using 30’s reproduction fabrics from Robert Kaufman.

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Here is the progress during class and one of the two finished pillow tops.

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Coincidentally, I have been making progress on the “Yummy” Quilt which is also by Jaybird Quilts.  The most difficult part has been laying out the blocks so that the same fabric are distributed throughout the quilt top and that they don’t end up next to one another.

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