Amanda's Fantastic Quilt Voyage

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Happy Tuesday! Today I have a special quilt finish to share. For the past year and a half I've been a part of a traveling quilt bee with some really lovely ladies. Our bee is called Fantastic Quilt Voyage, and you can see the blocks we've been making in the hashtag #fantasticquiltvoyage on Instagram. We each started our own quilt, and then it is passed along to each member and they add to it. I haven't posted any of the blocks I've made, but I did share my quilt start last February, in this post. I need to do a catch-up post with all the blocks I've made for each person's quilt at some point.

When my sweet friend Amanda became unable to finish her quilt, I offered to put it together and finish it for her. I happened to have her quilt to work on at the time, so it just made sense. Her quilt had a Buffy theme, so vampires and Amanda's signature black, white, red, navy, and a pop of aqua color scheme. You can see some of her inspiration here.

I brought the blocks that had been made so far with me to the retreat I attended at Stitch Supply Co. in January. I made a few blocks that weekend and a few friends made some blocks too.

Putting this quilt together was pretty outside of my comfort zone. I arranged the blocks out on the floor of my sewing room and started putting blocks together, adding to blocks and making more blocks to eventually put together a top with no obvious grid. I didn't remember to take photos of the blocks I made until the quilt was done, but that's okay! Here are my blocks:

I drafted up this interlocking plus block, I needed something big to fill that space!

I made a few blocks using Carolyn Friedlander's Sessoms pattern.

Some simple wonky cross blocks.

I made a Monty Python inspired crazy-eyed bunny using Elizabeth Hartman's Bunny Pattern.

I made use of scraps and made a few scrappy improv blocks.

I drew up with cross made from half-square triangles early on and was glad I could squeeze it in.

Extra pointy star block from my Shining Stars Sampler Pattern.

And finally some funky striped half-square triangle blocks.

In an effort to use my stash, I pieced the backing. I used a favorite print of Amanda's (from Luxe in Bloom by Sarah Watson) for the binding. I sent the top to Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting for quilting. The crackle pattern seemed like a perfect match for the theme of this quilt.

I needed a way to transport the quilt and decided to make a set of pillowcases to go with it. This is my favorite way to gift quilts. Most quilts can fit comfortably folded up inside a pillowcase! I use this tutorial when I make pillowcases.

Jacey and I went out to visit Amanda this past month and we were able to give her the quilt in person! It was so fun to surprise her with the finished quilt! I have to admit, it was a bit nerve wracking working on this quilt. I wanted to make sure that I did everyone's blocks justice and that I stayed true to Amanda's vision. Based on her reaction when we gave it to her, it was a success! :)

Happy Quilting!


  1. Very cool and what a thoughtful gift, to finish it up...

  2. You went above and beyond with this, friend. My heart is still full. thank you so very much.

  3. Great quilt, kind thing to do for a friend. I especially love the "Monty Python inspired bunny"'s a killer :)

  4. What a spectacular quilt, and a great way to do a round robin. Very generous of you to finish it up! As a gigantic Buffy fan, you totally rocked it!

  5. You did a wonderful job and so much work. You know it is much appreciated. I love seeing all those fabrics in so many different patterns.

  6. I love the lack of an obvious grid in this quilt. It has such freedom and creativity. This was such a treat to see. Thanks for sharing!


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