University of Arkansas Five and Dime Quilt – Finished

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My Razorbacks husband’s quilt is finished!  Just in time for this cold weather!  I love how it turned out.  Back in September for my birthday my husband gave me quilting goodies – including a nifty little tool called a Five and Dime ruler by Kansas Troubles Quilters (found on Connecting Threads).  So I thought I’d give it a try and make him a fun University of Arkansas quilt.  The pattern calls for charm packs and layer cakes.  The vision I had meant that I had to select some novelty University of Arkansas fabrics and mix them with some of my favorite fabrics (from Cotton + Steel, Robert Kaufman and Michael Miller just to name a few) in order to make my own precuts.  I used a pinking blade on my rotary cutter and cut, cut, cut my own 5″ and 10″ squares:

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The next step involved stacking a 5″ square on top of my 10″ square and sewing a top-stitch around the 5″ square.

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Preliminary Layout

And this is where I got to use the fun ruler.  A rotating mat would have come in real handy, but I got past it and made a big stack of 5″ squares.

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I reattached the squares by aligning the small squares back up and formed my quilt top.  I backed the quilt with a beautiful dark gray and red Robert Kaufman mammoth plaid flannel.  I used my favorite batting from The Warm Company and quilted in the ditch on all the seams and then extra quilting in between the seams to make a checkerboard effect.

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I also took a stab at machine binding thanks to Red Pepper Quilt’s binding tutorial.  I still need a lot of practice, but I started to really get the hang of it by the fourth side.  This was a bigger quilt measuring at 63″ x  72″, so it was a pretty big job on all steps of the process!  It has already been put to use by my husband and kids.  Now on to more quilts for our shop!

Thanks for stopping by!


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