About a month before we took off to visit our son in Italy last year, I was talking to him on the phone. I don’t remember how it came up, but he mentioned how he had always had a quilt on his bed growing up, and he really missed having one. My heart sunk. How did I let two years in the Navy pass without making that boy a quilt? You can imagine how I spent the next month before we left.
He had recently purchased a nice camera to take with him while he travels, so I wanted his quilt to be based around that. I looked around for a pattern I liked, but in the end I decided to design something myself. Even with the quick turnaround, I couldn’t be happier with the way the whole thing turned out.
I made my husband stuff it in our carry on bag, rather than our checked luggage, because I decided it was more valuable than anything else I was packing. When we arrived, my son wrapped it around himself and gave me a big hug. Balance has been restored.
Since the quilt was basically made up of two different types of squares, I’m going to share the photo block with you today, and the camera next week. This is a great project for using larger scale prints, because you can fussy cut the photo.
To make this square, cut the following:
print fabric for the photo
7 1/2 x 7 1/2”
1 x 8 1/2”
1 x 7 1/2” (two)
2 1/2 x 8 1/2”
1 1/2 x 9”
1 1/2 x 8 1/2”
dark grey fabric (or your choice for quilt background)
2 3/4 x 13”
1 3/4 x 13”
1 1/2 x 2 1/2” (two)
1 1/2 x 8 1/2” (two)
Start by sewing the 1 x 7 1/2” white pieces to each side of the photo. Press open, with the seams toward the photo.
Add the 1 x 8 1/2” white to the top and 2 1/2 x 8 1/2” white to the bottom edge. Press after each row of stitching from here out, always pressing the seam toward the darkest fabric.
Sew the grey 1 1/2 x 8 1/2” to the top edge.
Sew the grey 1 1/2 x 8 1/2” to the 1 1/2 x 9” black, end to end.
Sew that to the right edge of the photo.
Stitch the 1 1/2 x 8 1/2” black to the same sized grey, side by side.
Add the remaining 1 1/2 x 2 1/2” grey to the left side of the pair.
Sew the section you just created to the bottom edge of the photo.
Stitch the 1 3/4 x 13” grey on the right, and the 2 3/4 x 13” on the left of the photo.
Trim the block to 12 1/2” square. I realized while I was making this one that there are lots of projects you could make from this besides an actual quilt. Wouldn’t this make a great bag?
Join me next Wednesday and I’ll show you the center camera square, and explain how I assembled the quilt. Looking forward to seeing the quilt (and the boy!) in person again in a couple of months when our son moves to his next post, this time in the United States!