RE-GIFTED is the name of this Christmas quilt made from a fat-quarter pack gifted from my sister to our brother and sister-in-law. I added more Christmas fabric from yardage left to me from her stash (for background and borders) and gifted the completed quilt back to the couple.
The challenge came when I was asked to make a Queen Size quilt and was provided with 20 fat quarters of Christmas fabrics. In order to have enough of each individual fabric to complete each ribbon span I had to adjust the width of the ribbons in the pattern by 1 inch.
I also changed the layout so all of the ribbons would have tails instead of butting some against the border.
I used 9 ribbons vertically and 11 ribbons horizontally and all of them are 4 inches wide (finished). With every end having a tail section 6 inches to the inner border the center section of the quilt is 64.5 x 76.5 unfinished. This is followed by a 2 inch finished background border then a twisted ribbon border 4 inches wide (finished) and a 7 inch outer border. On the twisted ribbon, the inner edge matches the background and the outer edge matches the outer border. The quilt finishes at 90 x 102.
Here are my notes (to myself). First, note a section of assembly from the Ribbon Box Quilt. The quilt is assembled row by row rather than block by block in order to create the woven effect.
I created my desired layout in ElectricQuilt7 and then did all the piece divisions and measurement notations in red ink before making my list of fabric cuts. Note that I constructed my quilt as a horizontal layout so I would have less rows to assemble.
The PENCILED letters in the border denote the FABRIC (A – I horizontally and J-T vertically) The RED letters in the margin denote the ribbon tail style that will be on each end (A, B, C in the horizontal and O1, E2 and E3 in the vertical). The penciled numbers in the right margin are the row numbers used in assembly.
Note that there are three styles of ribbon ends. Style A (also used as E2) is a 4.5 background with 2.5 ribbon color used to snowball two corners. This is attached to a 2.5 x 4.5 ribbon color. Style B (also used as O) is a 6.5 x 4.5 background snowballed on two corners with ribbon color. Style C (also used as E1) is a 4.5 x 2.5 (unfinished) flying geese unit with background as the large triangle and ribbon color as the two corners. This is attached to a 4.5 x 4.5 ribbon color.
In short, row 1 and 19 are 6 inches wide (finished). Ribbon rows (even numbers) are 4 inches (finished) and intervening odd rows are 2 inches (finished). These intervening rows are the background areas that allow the ribbons to cross with space between them.
Here is the plan with all of my notes:
This plan told me how many cuts of which size I would need for each specific fabric.
This is my cut sheet:
Try to match these cuts to the previous diagram before YOU do any cutting.
Assemble in long horizontal rows, then stitch rows together to form the quilt center. You could stop here and have a 64.5 x 76.5 throw or add a single border to match the background for a little bigger.
I added a 2” (finished) border similar to background all the way around. This allowed me to create the twisted ribbon border in 4 inches and come out even at the corners. To do this, you need 36 ‘outward facing’ units in which the red is the half-square triangle, the green is a quarter-square triangle and the last quarter-square triangle matches the outer border. You will need 38 ‘inward facing’ units with the same red and green parts but the last quarter-square triangle matches the inner border. There will be 4 corner units of half-square triangles of green and the outer border material. The following illustration shows the assembly of these: (ignore my scribbles where I checked my math!!)
Here is my final working diagram and illustrates the layout of the ribbon border blocks so the corners come out right:
I added a cute cat background for the kitty-lovers who received this quilt. The binding is a diagonal plaid.
- · Center section uses 20 fat quarters plus background (I don’t know yardage for background)
- · 2 inch border used same as background as well (or something very similar). Will need some of same for insets in twisted ribbon border.
- · No estimate of yardage needed for red and green units in twisted ribbon border.
- · No estimate for yardage needed for 7 inch outer border (plus insets into the twisted ribbon border)
- · Don’t forget yardage for binding