Happy Weekender quilt

November 12, 2018 by Angie

This pattern is called Happy Weekender, which is a really funny joke because it took me almost two years to make this quilt. It is the largest quilt I’ve ever made and its unwieldy size made it a real challenge. It was not easy or especially happy (the quilting part, anyway) or weekender (ha!) to quilt something this big on my machine. Also, I’m busy so I don’t sew a lot and I lost access to my sewing room for several months thanks to hurricane damage. Anyway, I’m really happy with the quilt but will not be quilting a 69″ by 60″ quilt on my little sewing machine again.

So here it is. My two year labor of love.

THE quilt

The front

Quilt back

The back

Sookie for scale

Sookie for scale

Peek at the back

Sneak peek of the back

Middle blocks

Closeup of the center

Whining aside, I’m very pleased with the finished quilt. I wanted to make something for us for our bedroom and I have done that. This quilt is not big enough to function as the only blanket for our queen sized bed, but it looks great over the blanket we use most of the year.

On the bed

On our bed

Almost big enough

It’s not queen-sized but almost!

I followed this pattern by Kim Niedzwiecki on the Moda Bakeshop site. It’s a great and easy to follow pattern except for the first border which led me astray. It says to measure but also gives a size. Here is the lie: “Measure the sides center patchwork section and using the 5″ x41″ {approx} in solid strips, attach to the right and left sides of the center patchwork block, press open and trim any excess.  Then take your 5″ x 41.5″ strips attach to the top and bottom of the quilt.  Press seams open and trim any excess.”

There are no approximatelys in sewing! Construct the center then press it and measure it to figure out the lengths of your border pieces based on your personal quilt center’s measurements. I didn’t do that and I had to recut and finagle stuff to get my first border to fit.

Aside from that, and the fact that I could never finish a quilt top this size in a weekend, I like the pattern.

Quilt Stats!

Finished Size: 69″ by 60″

Quilt top fabrics: Moda Modern Neutrals by Amy Ellis Charm Pack x 3 (You’ll have leftovers.) and Bella Solids – Solid 60″ Wide Bleached White by Moda House Designer for Moda

Backing: I bought 4 yards of Bella Solids Teal and used the bulk of it. I included a strip at about the halfway mark made up nine leftover Moda Modern Neutrals charms and two strips of the Bella Solids Bleached White.

Binding: About 5/8 yard of Bella Solids Lead from my stash

Batting: Warm and White

Quilting: I used a walking foot to straight, diagonal lines throughout.

Angie and quilt

I’m proud!

It's heavy

Robbie was making me laugh.

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