Monday, June 9, 2014

Another Nancy Drew Quilt

    Last year, I created two Nancy Drew quilts for some dear friends.  Another friend, for whom I made a Kaffe Fassett purple quilt, asked me if I could make another Nancy Drew quilt for her sister, a lifelong Nancy Drew fan.   Of course! My first commissioned quilt!
      This was a bit of a challenge, because while I had some leftover fabric from the earlier quilts, I did not have enough to create a new quilt.   I scoured the web to find some remaining yardage from that Moda collection.  I couldn't design the quilt until I had the fabrics in hand.   I found blue dotted material, a panel of the book covers in blue, and the the yellow magnifying glass fabric.  Enough to start with, adding in pieces remaining from my earlier quilts.

     I am always interested to see how others plan their quilts.  I see in some blogs very detailed colored  plans on graph paper, and even computer-aided designs.   My plans for this quilt were not so fancy.   Using the size of the books as the start, I tried to build a quilt pattern that would result in a nice lap size quilt, using the limited fabrics I had on  hand.

My plans!
      I knew I was going to need a solid to go with the prints, and started trying out some combos on my design wall.  I didn't like the green, so decided to stick with the blue and yellow combo.

     I ended up getting a Kona in Royal to blend with the blue dotted fabric.  It also seemed to go well with the little blue border I created from the book panel.  I used the yellow to make a nice wide border around each book.

Here are close ups of each of the 4 panels I used.  I have since cleaned up the messy counter!

    I ended up using the blue solid to sash around the yellow bordered panels, and used bits of the Nancy head fabrics as corner blocks.  Then I used about an 8 inch run of the blue dottend fabric for the outside border.

     I love the Nancy head fabric.  It is hard to quilt, as I try not to run the stitches right through her face!  Below are some close-ups of the various Nancy Drew heads.

I ended up with a big stipple quilting pattern, with a royal blue thread.
     I have been buying fabric to make backings when it goes on sale, and liked how this red starburst fabric was so different from the front.
     Here  is a picture of the finished quilt on the rug.  I used some of the yellow magnifying glass for the binding.
 It  was  a  windy day when I tried to take a photo on the deck overlooking Lake Erie.    Glad my trusty quilt holder had a good grip!
     I finished this quilt a few weeks back, but had to wait until it was gifted.  Happy Birthday to Mary, a Nancy Drew fan!  I am hoping everyone is enjoying a nice beginning to the summer.

Take care,



  1. Hi Gretchen: I love the blue fabric you chose to go with the panels. Good job on the quilting. I know how you feel about quilting through nancy drews face.

  2. Thanks! Glad to hear someone else feels that same way!

  3. Gretchen, this quilt is just amazing. The workmanship is so detailed - perfect. Love that Nancy is back in my life. I have missed her so. Time to get the books out of the attic and read them again snuggled under this quilt. Almost can't wait for winter! Thanks so much! Mary