Recently I tackled a long desired project - a quilt for my bed. We have a king bed and we needed something extra wide so no one would end up with no covers in the middle of the night and long enough to eliminate a bed skirt. I also wanted something simple and rather quick to put together since I knew tackling the quilting on my domestic machine would be a big job.
I ended up deciding on a giant mum. I printed out the mum. I designated a letter for each specific piece and wrote the letter on one of the pieces. For example, the center dot was A, the petals around the dot was B. I wrote B on one of those petals. Once I had done that, I wrote the number of that piece I needed.
Next, I cut out the individual pieces I had numbered and then copied them enlarging them and playing with the size until it was as big as I needed it to be. Then, since I had quite a few pieces to cut out, I traced them onto template plastic, labeled the letter and number with sharpie, and cut out my templates.
The next step was to trace out my pieces on fabric and cut them out. I then spread my quilt out on a big table and laid all my pieces in place where I wanted them and fused them in place using light weight fusible interfacing.
To save time as well as trying to maneuver that big quilt in my machine, I decided to just quilt the pieces on instead of stitching around the edges of each applique.
To get it basted I borrowed ideas from Cindy from Hyacinth Quilt Designs and Lynne, friends from St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild. I put two big plywood boards on top of a table. I spread out my backing and smoothed in place, added the batting and smoothed in place, and then clipped them both tightly into place with binder clips. Next, I laid the top and smoothed out and began pinning it all into place. Then came the quilting!
It was quite a job, that's for sure! I'm so happy with how it turned out, though and it's the perfect size!
Trying one yourself? I'm happy to help if you have any questions!