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).
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.
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.
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.
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
Quilt on the long arm machine…
The finished quilt…
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.