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Quilting up a new home – Turning Twenty – A New Bed Quilt

It’s spring, I’ve a new nest to feather.  It’s time for a new bed quilt.

Back in 2008 I made a queen sized bed quilt from a riot of mostly Kaffe Fassett fabrics using the classic and trusty Turning Twenty pattern. That version was made using the “Twisting Turning Twenty” version which used blocks, pieced in all light or all dark values, cut in half and arranged to make chevrons of values into geometric shapes. Pretty cool.

You know it’s a little odd peeking at vintage blog posts I wrote 7 years ago. Have I really been doing this for that log?  Jeesh!

This version was more simple, truly easy-peasy. I (cough) impulse ordered two fat quarter collections from Cotton and Steel, a fabric line I really dig.  Mesa by Melody Miller caught my eye for it’s Southwestey kitsch and Moonlit by Rashida Coleman-Hale was the other.  Both play well together. Needing 30 fat quarters (I added blocks to make this a larger queen than the pattern specified and skipped the pieced border) I used most all from both fat quarter collections (minus some i wasn’t keen on) and some from stash.  Leftover FQ’s will likely become a pieced shower curtain like this one I spotted on Pinterest.  Perhaps I’ll write up a pattern to share?

This baby’s colorful, but would you expect anything neutral from me?  Not really.




I mailed it off to Robins Nest Custom Machine Quilting in Lindstrom, MN for quilting and took it home, in a checked bag, when I visited last month. Robin does an outstanding job and is exceptionally reasonable.  I often send her projects and she phone consults on thread color and quilting pattern suggestions.  I completely trust her judgment as she has never steered me wrong.  Loyal I am to her!


Ii tried to piece the backing from stash only but didn’t have enough large pieces. That’s a sign I’m using up stash.  The middle strip I found at my local quilting shop Creative Union Fabrics.  The colors fit in with the others and it is delightfully whimsical. I’d not choose it for something front and center.


Close up of it’s silly print.


There’s a long lap size quilt (almost a twin) I also had quilted that is awaiting its binding. A special gift I’ll mail off to a dear friend, that one is top secret until it’s received.

Next project will be to get a lap quilt quilted and bound.  So many projects!