I hope you’re not tired of my Nested Churn Dash quilt. My number one quilting goal this summer was to make a scrappy quilt with all of my Minick & Simpson fabrics. I truly love the combination of reds, creams, and blues–these colors are just soothing to me, and they remind me of summer, good times, and the ocean and lake. I actualy remember buying my first Minick & Simpson fabric, “Nantucket,” from The Christmas Goose quilt shop in Las Vegas (I’m not sure if that was the first Minick & Simpson Moda collection, but I think it was at least an early one). And with every new Minick & Simpson collection I had to get at least some to add to my stash. I have lots of projects made with their fabrics: table runners, table toppers, lap quilts and even a full-sized quilt, but I’ve always wanted to make a summer quilt to use in in the master bedroom.
My initial idea this summer was to make a scrappy trip around the world quilt with these fabrics, but after making Jane’s Nested Churn Dash block for her blog tour I started thinking that just maybe I’d have enough fabrics to make a king-size quilt with my Minick & Simpson stash.
After finishing my blocks yesterday I had to move some furniture to find a place to lay them out. And then the process of deciding how to set them began. My initial thought was to use a cream Bella solid and use reds and blues for the sashing posts. It turned out that none of Bella solids I had on hand were just the right color. I didn’t have enough cream prints to do a scrappy cream sashing, either. What I had the most of was blues, so scrappy blues it was.
By choosing the scrappy blues I could no longer use blues and reds for the posts. A jelly roll strip of a tan print from “Mid-Winter Reds” was the perfect solution, providing just the right amount of contrast and creating a nice secondary pattern at all of the block intersections.
This is already a favorite quilt…now just to decide on quilting…an all-over pattern…or splurge on custom? I guess it’s technically a “free” quilt so far since I’ve used scraps…but paying for quilting on king-sized quilts is the reason I don’t make many of those (this is just my fifth king-sized quilt ever).
It’s folded up now; I plan on piecing the backing today and starting something new. Thanks so much for stopping by!
- Blocks from the Nested Churn Dash pattern by Jane Davidson found here.
- 16 blocks finished at 24″ x 24″
- 24 sashing strips finished at 2″ wide
- 9 sashing posts finished at 2″ x 2″
- Quilt top measures 102″ x 102″
Kim Brackett says
This is gorgeous, Sherri! Love the blue sashing.
Jane Cisneros says
It's truly beautiful, perfect colors. Makes me want to lay under a tree and read a book on just such a quilt!
Jane @ Handiworking.com
Mama Bell says
Perfect pattern for the fabric choices. Never get sick of seeing the stunning pictures. Your projects inspire me! Thank you!
A true beauty! When you say summer quilt, do you intend to use a thinner batting, or even a flannel sheet? If so, you could even consider tying it. It wouldn't mar the quilt if you put the knots at the back. Alternatively, I'd probably do an allover pattern. It doesn't have a lot of larger areas of open space so the quilting designs will be hidden, and it's going to cost a fortune to do custom!
bryan flake says
My wife loves to quite. We have so many soft quilts in our home from over the years. My wife would love to get involved in an organization that she can send a quilt to the needy. Do people get involved in those sorts of things?
Minick and Simpson says
Yes you are so correct – Nantucket was our very first collection. We just mailed in our last, I will have to have Laurie write in and tell you which number this one is – and we hope you like our new one as much as we do.
Lovely quilt – thanks for the post
Minick & Simpson
Gorgeous quilt top. You are so fast!
Love the quilt, choice of fabrics, and now look forward to seeing it quilted. Its truly gorgeous.
Christine M says
Your quilt looks fantastic, Sherri.
Outstanding Sherri! It's gorgeous 🙂
Karen M says
It is just beautiful! This is the best nested churn dash I have seen. Thanks for sharing.
Gorgeous!! I love Minick & Simpson too. I've started my Nested Churn Dash and have finished 2 blocks.
Love, love, love it! Great choice for sashing, their creams are hard to match I've found. Can't wait to see it quilted 🙂
Karen in Breezy Point says
Love it! I think an all over quilt design would give the quilt texture without detracting from the piecing. Custom quilting wouldn't show up much and you would save a lot of money for more fabric from Minick and Simpson!
That sashing is PERFECT! Amazing! LOVE it! What a great quilt! XO
Quilt n Queen says
Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love Minick and Simpson fabrics. The blue sashing is perfect!! I am sOOOO tempted to make a Nested Churn Dash quilt now. Thanks for the inspiration!!
The blue sashing is lovely. I'm a huge fan of Minick and Simpson fabrics, and I am inspired to use them in this wonderful pattern. Your quilt is simply stunning.
I love how this quilt turned out! And I love the red, white, and blue. I can't wait to finish my current four quilts so I can start my Nested Churn Dash quilt.
Patty D from NC says
This came out so nice! Just love the colors.
So beautiful! I love it.
This is gorgeous!
It really us fabulous and I'm sure you will enjoy it for many years to come.
That came out beautifully, Sherri. Good job. Can't wait to see what you decide for quilting. Thanks for all your good work and inspiration that you share.
I too love Minick & Simpson fabric! Again, I too fell in love with Nantucket and this past weekend I was working on "Glory Stars", a pattern by Sandi Blackwell, and I was using 2 of M&S Midwinter Reds fabrics. My goodness, we have good taste! ;-D
Jenny of Elefantz says
Hi Sherri, your finished quilt is very striking with the red, white and blue – which also gives it a welcome home feel…love it.
I love your quilt it is beautiful. I love Minnick and Simpson , their fabric and what you did with the fabric. I also love Nantucket 🙂
Gorgeous! I'm going to start making my churn with M&S also, hopefully next month.
Jane's Fabrics and Quilts says
Oh my gosh! That is amazing! I love the colors you used for shading and the quilting is just beautiful. You are one speedy mcspeedster!
Your quilt is just wonderful, Sherri!
Cathy Ewbank says
This is so beautiful – you've inspired me!!! I've bought the pattern, and am planning a Red/White/Blue quilt using a lot of the patriotic British prints that I've bought over the past year or so. I've been looking for the right pattern for my 'Rule Brittania' quilt – and now I've found it. Thank you :o)
I just love your quilt! It's beautiful!! I also love Minick & Simpson fabric…I have quite a few of their collections….and I have the nested churn dash pattern. Now may be a good time to cut into them! Enjoy that gorgeous quilt…..
I love this quilt and am inspired to make one for myself!
You did great girl! That is a great pattern for a king quilt. Don't forget to show it off modeling on your bed!
What a great quilt Sherri and bet it was a fun project for the summer. Very nice way to use up scraps and odd ends of fabrics and your is sure a winner!
This is gorgeous! I agree with having this color combo associated with the fun and energy of Summertime! 🙂 I think this quilt should be machine quilted since it's a biggie. I've had either lightly quilted or hand quilted quilts break stitches in the washing machine simply because of the weight of a large quilt when wet. This was with cotton batting.
Jodie Zollinger says
Hi Sherri! Love the colors and fabrics!
Charlene Boykin says
I love it! Beautiful!! I'm gonna have to give it a try…
I would never tire of seeing this quilt. I wasn't such a fan of the nested churn dash until I saw your version, it's just beautiful.
It looks great! I always "custom" quilt my projects, but I've always hand quilted. Looking forward to seeing what you decide to do!
I absolutely love this! Red, blue and cream is one of my favorite combinations and the blue sashing is perfect! I've downloaded the pattern and added this quilt to my lengthy to-do list.
I just love this quilt! It is the perfect quilt for summertime.
That quilt is stunning! I love the various prints you've used in the blocks.
Gorgeous quilt, Sherri. I love it!
Susan Smith says
I love this quilt, Sherri! Gorgeous and perfect for summer! I know you will enjoy it!
This is gorgeous. I decided not to quilt mine with an all over design so I'm half way through free motion quilting all the churn dash backgrounds and hoping to finish this week. I look forward to seeing what you chose
What great solutions you came up with! I know that quilt will look great in your bedroom (and anywhere else you put it).
Maree in NC ☺ says
Absolutely positively the prettiest quilt I've ever seen ~ LOVE it! ♥
Shasta Matova says
This is so beautiful, I can see why it is your favorite.
Catherine O'Connor says
Gorgeous Sherri! Your quilts are always beautiful and it's such a joy to see what you've created. Thank you for blogging so we can all see.
Your quilt is absolutely stunning Sherri!! :o)
Judith Blinkenberg says
Breathtaking!! My husband likes it too. You did an amazing job!!
Turned out wonderful. Great job Sherri – love it!
Sooo beautiful !
Gai Butler says
Love the pattern, love the colours…Amazing!
Beautiful quilt top. I love the colours. Minick and Simpson are some of my favourite fabric designers too. I just made their Nantucket quilt pattern out if their Indigo Crossing fabric. What did you decide with quilting? I would probably go with all over design, because there are not huge areas of background space that lend themselves to custom.