Mary’s Wedding Quilt

Remember this lovely little stack from my new favorite craft store? I sewed like a maniac and now its a quilt for my sweet sister in law’s wedding gift. 
The quilt measures about 67” by 80”, perfect size for a 2 person couch quilt, or draped over the end of a bed. Here’s my measurements if you want to make your own.
For the inner border you’ll need:
1- 4.5” square
2- 2.5” by 4.5” strips
2- 2.5” by 8.5” strips
Sew short sides on first, then top and bottom pieces. If you are not using 1/4” foot (like I wasn’t) you will get some hangover in your strips that you’ll have to trim. The seam allowance on a regular foot is more like 5/16” or 6/16” in my case, so slightly larger than 1/4”. So if your strips seem way too long, especially in the outer border, that is probably why.
For the outer border you’ll need:
2- 2.5” by 8.5” strips.
2- 2.5” by 12.5” strips.
Your finished block should measure 12.5”. See that little bit of hangover on the top and bottom of my block? That’s because I didn’t use my 1/4” foot, so my finished block was more like 12”. Which isn’t a big deal unless your using a (real) pattern or you’re concerned about the final size.
Now square up your blocks. I made 30 blocks, I used about 4 yards of fabric for my blocks. The sashing strips were 1.5” cut, so 1” finished. The white border strips were 2” cut. When your using thin stashing strips like this its important to pin and line up your blocks as you sew your rows together. If not you can really tell when your blocks don’t line up perfectly. And unpicking stitches is not that much fun….as I’m sure we all know very well.

54 Responses to Mary’s Wedding Quilt

  1. Sue July 16, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    the quilt looks amazing, I love the colours

  2. roseylittlethings July 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm #

    Love the colors! Great directions!

  3. Goddess in Progress July 16, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    Lovely, lovely quilt and what a nice gift. And thanks for the instructions!

    Liz @ teeny tiny quilts

  4. RosaMaría July 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm #

    beautiful job!!! is a perfect goft for a wedding! thanks for sharing.

  5. Barbara Myltschenko July 16, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    thanks for sharing. it's beautiful! i'm so not good at putting things together yet unless they come from the same line. maybe this will get me out of my box?

  6. Susan July 16, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    This quilt is wonderful, I especially love the colors. Thanks for the details on the block. Your SIL is going to love it!

  7. Kari @ Ucreate July 16, 2009 at 2:20 pm #

    I LOVE THIS QUILT!! I think this will be my next quilt project! THANKS!

  8. Cathy July 16, 2009 at 2:35 pm #

    What a neat looking quilt… definitely caught my eye! Thank you for the tutorial. It is always so nice when a quilter has a tutorial. Was it one line of fabric or a mix?

  9. Melanie July 16, 2009 at 3:12 pm #

    I have a lot of those same fabrics from Hobby Lobby! Your quilt looks terrific! I can't wait to hear how those fabrics wash up; I haven't washed mine yet.

  10. Tiffany July 16, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    Wow, love it. What a great wedding gift!

  11. Emily July 16, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    Beautiful colors, Lucky recipiant!

  12. Jackie July 16, 2009 at 4:19 pm #

    I really like those colors together. Lovely quilt!

  13. Mountain Home Quilts July 16, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    There is NOTHING more special as a gift than a handmade quilt. I know that she'll cherish it forever! Glad you went with it over the mats ;)

  14. Betsy July 16, 2009 at 4:52 pm #

    I am completely using your pattern. I love this quilt and have just the fabric to use it. Gorgeous.

  15. Bowlby July 16, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    This quilt is gorgeous! What a wonderful gift.

  16. Jaime July 16, 2009 at 5:20 pm #

    I love all the fabrics you chose. Just lovely. I wish I could get married again (same man of course) and get one as a present. Ha ha. :-)

  17. Heather July 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm #

    This quilt looks wonderful. I love the colors together.

  18. Harley Dee July 16, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    Beautiful quilt! Glad you decided on it and not the car mats :)

  19. Stephanie July 16, 2009 at 6:35 pm #

    Great job, it's beautiful! And congrats on the successful plane ride. Planes and kids can be scary.

  20. CJ July 16, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    The quilt is beautiful! Glad to hear your travels were safe and smooth.

  21. Mary on Lake Pulaski July 16, 2009 at 6:53 pm #

    It's perfect. Lucky couple!!

  22. anne July 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    I love the colors on this! And the striped binding!

  23. Leslie July 16, 2009 at 7:59 pm #

    this is beautiful thanks for the instructions!! maybe when i can get some of my other WIPS out of the way i can try this one out.

  24. Nancy July 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm #

    I love this quilt! Another beautiful one to inspire me!
    Thanks so much!

  25. Evelyn July 16, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    Beautiful! I love basic designs like this!

  26. Melissa July 16, 2009 at 9:03 pm #

    what a great gift! It looks like you stippled the quilt-right? I'm trying to get some confidence to try it out again. My stippling adventure looked great on the quilt top I worked on until I turned it over and the tension was all off. It's hard for me to want to try my hand at it again. Maybe my machine's not up for the challenge…

  27. rachel griffith July 16, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    cute, cute, cute!!!
    i can't believe you sat next to a nun.
    god does have a sense of humor!!!

  28. Pam July 17, 2009 at 12:34 am #

    I love the quilt and recognize some of those fabrics. Yes, I shop there too. ;) I use my 1/4" foot almost everytime I sew. I have only had it about a year and was sooo worth the 10.00 bucks.

    Beautiful job!

  29. amandajean July 17, 2009 at 1:18 am #

    what a beautiful quilt! and hurray for good travels. :)

  30. ivyarts July 17, 2009 at 1:30 am #

    The colors are gorgeous. She'll love it.

  31. BaileyGirl5 July 17, 2009 at 1:40 am #

    Wow! This is really lovely. What a treasure!

  32. Phyllis July 17, 2009 at 2:07 am #

    The quilt is perfect – simple, pretty and "soft" looking.

    Thanks so much for the directions; I've printed them for future use!

  33. amy smart July 17, 2009 at 4:35 am #


  34. Diane July 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm #

    As usual, beautiful.

  35. Chase July 17, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    Thank you for the tutorial. I like the colors. I'd like to make one for myself. ( in red & white?)

  36. Noel July 18, 2009 at 2:00 am #

    Your quilts are like jewelry for my eyes, I love looking at them :)

  37. jaybird July 18, 2009 at 5:19 am #

    looks perfect! i'm a sucker for wedding quilts… i think they are so much better than a set of plates!

  38. Robin (rsislandcrafts) July 18, 2009 at 7:09 am #

    Beautiful quilt!

  39. Dorrie July 19, 2009 at 5:45 am #

    Oh, it's beautiful. They'll love and treasure it! Quilts are such wonderful gifts!

  40. Vanessa July 19, 2009 at 8:22 am #

    I love this quilt. I love all of your quilts! Every time I see one I say to myself "oooh, that will be the next quilt I make". Every time! I can't even remember anymore where I found your blog but I am so happy I did.

  41. cathleen July 19, 2009 at 1:54 pm #

    I think your quilt is beautiful….not only the way you put it together but the colors are so soothing, peaceful, and calm. Thank you so much for sharing the directions.

  42. Cheryl Arkison July 20, 2009 at 7:27 pm #

    I really like your use of fabric in this quilt – such colour and texture.
    Congrats to your sister-in-law.

  43. Taiya July 23, 2009 at 1:22 am #

    Way better than car floor mats. Fantastic quilt for a wedding present!

  44. Laurel November 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm #

    I love this quilt! I want to try my hand at one, and I'm a complete newbie, so I have kind of a dumb question. :) Do you plan out your blocks, like where each color will be first? Or do you just start putting colors together into blocks and then arrange them once they're all done? Does that make sense? :)

  45. Carmen Rigby January 20, 2010 at 5:37 am #

    I'm so glad you posted this! I am fairly new to quilting and would like to make matching quilts in these very colors for my two youngest boys that share a bedroom. Their carpet is a aqua, brown, tan berber and the walls are tan. I was really hoping to find a quilt tonight in these colors and I did!

    Thanks again for your beautiful blog!

  46. alan April 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    Very cool idea! Thanks for posting about Buy Quilts Really it is very helpful.
    Awesome job !!! keep it up.

  47. Laura July 19, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    As always, I love this quilt. I was thinking about doing something kind of similar to this for my son's quilt (except with more of a repeating pattern like your orange quilt – but not with white). I would like to add sashing in between the blocks, like you did here. Sashing seems a little confusing to me – like how do I make sure I line up both the horizontal blocks and the vertical blocks. Do you know of any helpful tutorials for this?

  48. Shawn November 11, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

    Love your quilt!

  49. cindy October 31, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    The quilt you made for your sister in law…loved it..thanks for the directions. I made a baby quilt for my new granddaughter but am stuck on how to quilt…did you free motion it…what color threads..multicolor ? It turned out so beautiful I am scared to quilt it. Do you have. Any close ups of the quilting? Thanks Cindy

  50. Anna October 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

    I just love this quilt. Maybe someday, when I have cleared my plate of my current projects and want something a little simpler than the quilts I've been making, I'll go for this.

  51. Debbie September 13, 2015 at 10:00 pm #

    Thanks for your darling quilt pattern. you are such an inspiration to me I love your beautiful pieces. Thanks so much. I made my daughter a quilt for her bridal shower with pinks and purples, silver and greens.

  52. loosecannon2 October 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm #

    This is so lovely & for a SIL–you go girl. She is so very lucky to be inheriting you with your talent. Bet she will want to learn to quilt! Celebrate your God given talent & your graciousness.

  53. Clairequilty August 18, 2018 at 3:56 pm #

    Thank you for your timeless instructions for this quilt. To me this is a scrap buster.

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