I am so thrilled to get to share with you my latest quilt finish and newest quilt pattern today: Bundle Buster! I teamed up with Amanda @Stash Builder Box, and Bundle Buster will be one of the two patterns included in the August Stash Builder Box. So after you read all about the pattern and my version of the quilt here, you can hop over the Stash Builder Box website because the August subscription is available for sign ups starting today! 🙂
As you might guess based on the name, Bundle Buster is a pattern designed to help you make incredibly efficient use of a fat quarter bundle. Hawthorne Threads generously donated a 19 piece bundle of their Mojave fabric line that I used to make my version of the quilt pattern. And since the fabric line is named Mojave, I figured the perfect location for the photo shoot for this quilt was in and around the town of Mojave, California. In fact, I moved to Mojave to work on the follow on project to SpaceShipOne; I was on the small engineering team that designed the SpaceShipTwo prototype, and the 2 sets of feet you can see peeking out from under the quilt belong to two of my former co-workers.
Aside: My tagline, Sewing at the Speed of Sound, is a nod to my former aerospace engineering background and the fact that I helped design the second privately funded (non government) aircraft to break the sound barrier (the first being SpaceShipOne).
The Bundle Buster pattern requires 16 fat quarters to create a 60″ x 80″ quilt top. The fact that I was working with a 19 piece fat quarter bundle meant that I could also make a scrappy binding for the quilt.
What I like most about the Bundle Buster pattern is that it leaves very little waste from cutting a fat quarter, and the large pieces are perfect for showing off even large scale prints.
The Hawthorne Threads fabric is high thread count, and I really enjoyed working with it.
And the fabric was a dream to quilt. I used 50wt Aurifil 2605 (Grey) and quilted a fast and loose stipple / rounded meander. In fact, I was really surprised that it only took 1.5 hours to quilt this 60″ by 80″ quilt!
Taking a closer look at the time I put into making this quilt:
- Fabric prep took me 1 hour and 10 minutes
- Piecing took me 2 hours and 35 minutes
- Quilting took me 1 hour and 30 minutes
- Binding took me 1 hour and 15 minutes
- For a total time of 6 hours and 30 minutes to make a 60″ x 80″ quilt!
So, maybe that Sewing at the Speed of Sound tagline might have another meaning, too. 😉
This church is iconic to me as a part of Mojave; I have friends who live in the church. They host pretty fabulous parties here and this building will always be one of the things I think about when I think of Mojave.
So, what do you think? Do you have a fat quarter bundle ready to turn into a quilt?