Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pattern review: Kitchen windows quilt

Pattern: Kitchen Windows Quilt Pattern from The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman

Cutting:  I spent a good SIX HOURS cutting the fabrics for the quilt top.  This is mainly because I was fussy cutting quite a few of them.  It was worth it.

Piecing: I don't remember how long the actual piecing took, but I think I finished the top over the course of 3 weekends.  The piecing was really easy, and the instructions in the book make this possible for just about anyone.

Quilting: I used a long arm machine to quilt this one and just went with free motion quilting all over.

Binding: I used this machine binding tutorial combined with the instructions in the book for attaching the binding in less than a year!

Overall thoughts: I loved making this quilt!  Although it took me a long time to cut the fabrics, the instructions were impeccable and easy to follow.  The final outcome is obviously worth all the effort, and even my husband loves the quilt {he is my toughest critic, but it's all in love}!

I give Elizabeth Hartman a lot of credit. She has made quilting both appealing and accessible to a large audience.   I am already working on another pattern from this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good resource for quilting.



  1. That is so cute. I especially like the aqua and gray fabric together!

  2. Hi Kelly, you did such a good job! I wondering how many prints you used. It looks like 6? I have fabrics picked out for a Kitchen Windows, too. I have a tiny stash and generally buy for the specific project, but it's never as many prints as recommended. I have another quilt I'm cutting for and it may be the same on you're working on!

    The fussy cutting was worth it! It looks so good!

  3. In case anyone else is wondering, I used 6 fat for each print, with the exception of the large red & pink peonies. I used just over a FQ of that one, but I was being incredibly fussy with how I cut it.


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