That time I made a 7' x 7' quilt top in 18 days... / by Riane Menardi


Earlier this month, I was hired to make a sort-of-traditional, sort-of-modern quilt for the first issue of Fresh Quilts, which will come out in Spring 2014. (Pretty awesome, right?)

The catch: I was tasked with making a 7'x7' quilt top in less than a month — which included the time needed to select fabric and have it shipped. Yikes! Luckily a few fabricworm fat quarter packs made picking colors relatively easy. And after what seemed like 2,000 hours of measuring, cutting, pinning and piecing, it's finally done! I turned the beast in today to be quilted and photographed. PHEW.

I couldn't be more proud of how it turned out, but wow, am I glad it's done. Ironically, my editor asked if I could make another  modern quilt today (to be finished by Oct. 18). I'm still thinking about it, but I will probably say yes — apparently quilting is my new addiction. Thank goodness this next one is only 53" inches square...

What do you think? Have you ever speed-quilted before? I can't say it's my favorite way to do things, but now I know what I'm capable of!