Alaskan Garden Quilt

In July 2013 my oldest daughter married a wonderful young man who is in the military.  During the wedding planning she was living in Arizona and I here in Missouri (where the wedding was held) so it was quite “fun” getting things organized.  Thank goodness for today’s technology! Between phone instant messages with photos, Skype, e-mails, etc. we got everything accomplished.  A week after the wedding they were off to Anchorage, Alaska where they will be stationed for the next 3 years.

Knowing that Alaska has snowy, long winters, I wanted to make her a quilt with lots of floral prints, but using a contemporary color palate and style.  I found the fabric I thought fit the bill and designed this quilt:

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This is just the top as I still have to figure out what I’m doing for the back!  I really liked the large floral print in the center so I wanted to cut fairly large pieces and surround them with “snow” and “sky”. What you see was the end result.

Here are some close-ups of the center prints:

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As often is the case when I make up my own designs, I tend to forget about figuring out the final finished dimensions.  I generally get an idea, find fabric I like, come home and stew about it some more, then hope I have enough fabric for what I decide to make. I feel this turned out a little long (finished at 56″ x 81″), however my husband said it looked fine to him so I turned off my internal critic and decided it was fine as well!  

I am writing a tutorial on how to make this if anyone cares to do something similar.  Again, you may want to change up your block sizes if you want something with different proportions.  This is very easy to sew together.

2 thoughts on “Alaskan Garden Quilt

  1. Jeri Niksich

    I really like this quilt, I’m a beginner (self teaching) so I look at a lot of quilts & I have to say this is one of the very few that I have liked enough to post a comment. I love the simplicity look it’s very relaxing to my eyes and looks like it would be fun to do. And a great quilt for Alaska so your daughter can see some flowers instead of mostly snow & be reminded of her mother at the same time. I for one would love the tutorial for it. Thank you

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    1. denmck55 Post author

      Thank you Jeri. I am self-taught as well, although using lots of online tutorials, you-tube videos, and online classes. I’m working on the tutorial and will be posting it soon.

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