Gabrien Chaney used the Plain Spoken pattern from Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr’s The Modern Quilt Workshop to make this beautiful quilt for her daughter’s bed.
Here’s what Gabrien had to say about making the quilt and sending it out for longarm quilting:
“I chose to sew Plain Spoken quilts for each of my children after they received new bedding sets for Christmas one year. I wanted to make quilts that would coordinate with those sets but also still be usable with a totally different style of decor as well. I basically wanted to make quilts that could be used for many years and not look like they were made for babies. I saw a Plain Spoken quilt on Flickr and decided it would be the perfect pattern.
I made my son’s first. When I finished the top my mom offered to long-arm quilt it because she had just taken a course at our local quilt shop, Sharon’s Attic in Hillsboro, Oregon. To prep the quilt I thought I only needed to allow the 4 inches of batting and backing all around the quilt-to hold it in the frame. As it turns out, there was more I should have done. On quilting day Mom had to struggle to get it ready because I hadn’t nested my seams or clipped threads, or properly lint rolled it before bringing it in. I also hadn’t thought about how much stretch the quilt will experience on the frame- it was a problem that I hadn’t back-tacked each seam. I chain pieced the top and the would have been best to have set my machine to the automatic back-tack setting. Despite these struggles, Mom did a great job and the quilt is loved.
About a year later I finally got my second Plain Spoken quilt top done. I decided to have it quilted on the long- arm as well because my daughter wanted a spiral design similar to another quilt we had seen recently. I didn’t think I could manage a spiral on my little machine. We asked Wanda Schwab, a quilter- friend of my mom’s, who rents the machine at Sharon’s Attic. We knew she could do the spiral with a template. We thought a spiral would offset the rectangles nicely. I also wanted a large design as opposed to tight, because the quilt is backed with flannel and I like the feel of loosely quilted flannel.
Knowing what Mom had gone through with the first quilt, I pieced the second quilt with a smaller stitch length and diligently back tacked each seam so they wouldn’t pull apart when stretched. I also carefully nested the seams and clipped all threads. Lastly, before turning it in, I laid out a big white sheet and lint rolled both the quilt top and back, before making the sandwich. There’s no need to pin, in fact you can’t pin, because the quilt will be stretched and held with clamps and pins on the long-arm frame (bonus!). Wanda did a great job and this quilt is also loved and used daily.”