Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Lady of the Lake

As promised, I've been ratting through boxes and tubs to find the blocks I wanted to show you. This is a Lady of the Lake quilt I designed in EQ5 to fit my California King bed. However, as you'll see, there are eight zillion little HSTs in each block, and as I go forward, I keep thinking maybe I should scale back and just make it to fit the Queen bed we have now in Australia. But if we get a King again, I'll want to have the quilt on THAT bed...decisions, decisions. Hope I have the intestinal fortitude to keep on keepin' on with it!


I started this quilt a few years ago, when we lived in the Sierra Nevada mountains in California. I'd been collecting those indigo blues and some Civil War blues and butternuts for a little while, and then one day found the great white windowpane plaid fabric, which I thought gave a nice crispness to the design. Discovered as I went along that with all those HSTs around the edge of each block, it helped to press the seams open, rather than to one side...less thickness when you join the blocks and rows.


Anyway, here's how it looks with the few blocks I've completed, spread out on our bed. What do you think? Queen or King?And here are some of the fabrics I'm using...so fun to collect these!

22 comments:

Angie said...

That is going to be a BEAUTIFUL quilt, and queen is not THAT much smaller than a King, so go for the King girl, then if you run out of steam you can SETTLE for a queen but shoot for the King. IMHO :) Gorgeous fabrics...and I love that white TOT windowpane plaid...how unusual...would love some of that!

Libby said...

I'm going to say King. I bet you would be able to use it on your Queen without anyone noticing. Then you'll be able to enjoy it in the future, too. It's going to be too pretty to have to decide when to use it.

tami said...

Shoot for the king, but if you run out of steam a finished queen is better than an unfinished king.
I love the selection of blues. It's going to be gorgeous.

May Britt said...

This is SO beautiful. Make it king size. Love the colours you have chosen. I have used very little blue in my quilts up til now, but blue is so beautiful. I have to make a blue one too.

Clare said...

King definitely.

Gorgeous blues.

The Calico Cat said...

Since you have sooo many blocks completed, I would finish the queen. (How much fabric would you need for a border to get it up to king? 10 inches? That would look great in a large scale print.)

BTW Do you have to know about the oops that I noticed? (One of your rows on small triangles got turned around... top picture bottom right block.)

McIrish Annie said...

I agree with angie, if you are going to do queen you might as well do king. Although I think you are CRAZY to do all those little hsts!! love the indigos and white, it gives it a nice clean look

computerpeach said...

I agree with everyone else - the king for sure. You can make it where it is for either a king or a queen that way you can love it for a long time.

Nancy said...

If you currently have a queen I'd probably shoot for that. Then you could enjoy it now instead of waiting until you *might* get a king in the future.

Lisa D. said...

That's one of my favorite blocks and yours look great! I'd say as long as you are enjoying the piecing and on a roll, you should go for the King size. It will look awesome on your bed!

Deb Geyer said...

Make it a king, comforter. Then it will make a nice bedspread for the queen too.

Laurie Ann said...

Go for a king as long as you can still use it on your bed now. It is beautiful!!!

Mary said...

I LOVE this quilt. Lady of the Lake is one of my favorite patterns but I haven't wanted to do all the little half square triangles. Looking at this one of yours maybe I should reconsider - it would certainly be worth all the work.

Dawn said...

Oh don't give up on them! They are wonderful and the result will be so worth it! What you have done so far is beautiful!

Hedgehog said...

This is really beautiful! I'm going to start a blue and white quilt soon. Nice to see yours. Make it a king if you really think you'll have a king again.

Lily said...

Yep, I vote for king size too. Yes it's more work, but the end result will be very much worth it.

We use a king size doona on our queen size bed anyway - we're both bed hogs!

It looks sensational so far. Love the fabrics you've chosen too :)

Rian said...

Oooh, nice-nice. Those white areas just scream for some creative quilting! I love the fabrics you chose. Very traditional, very crisp.

No wonder you miss Yosemite. What a different world you live in now.

Patti said...

Definitely King - I think you'll be sorry if you settle for less.

Cynthia said...

very nice blocks. I would go for King size

kirsty said...

That's going to be one beautiful quilt! Go on, make it a King...

YankeeQuilter said...

Love the fabrics you are using in this quilt. I also vote for king...I think there would always be this little tiny regret if you settle on a queen.

Either way it will be a great quilt!
Siobhan

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

The bigger the better for something this beautiful! Good to hear you are settling in well. T