Unconventional King Size Quilt

Here’s my last quilt finish of 2018. It’s a king size quilt made in the style of one of the string quilts in Roderick Kiracofe’s book, Unconventional and Unexpected: American Quilts Below the Radar 1950-2000. If you don’t have this book, you should get it. It is chock-full of inspiration for the improvisational quilter.

Here’s another post about the making of the quilt. I originally had the blocks in a more “random” setting but didn’t like that because it looked cluttered. After studying the original quilt in the book some more I moved the blocks around and created a little bit of color grouping with the plain alternate blocks. That made all the difference.

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This quilt was fun to do because it was created a little differently than most of my other string quilts. The color palette is much more controlled and the string pieces are chunkier looking. The wider string pieces meant that the blocks went together very fast.

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I used a wool batting which makes it extra soft and warm without being too heavy.

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The backing is a perfectly coordinated vintage large print floral. Isn’t this fabric fabulous?

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My daughter-in-law curated the fabrics for this quilt and I love her choices. I think she needs to come over and pull another bunch of fabrics for me to play with, don’t you?

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This quilt is on its way to a happy new home in Australia.

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Finished size: 98” by 106”

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