Friday, 25 May 2012

TGIFF! - Homage to a Canadian/British Classic

Happy Friday, everyone! No idea where this week went, but here we are. I'm a little punchy this morning because I stayed up ridiculously late last night to finish this top. And son #3 is fighting a stomach bug this morning so we are cuddling on the couch watching his favourite show "Super Why" in between bouts of vomiting. Poor bug!

As riveting as Super Why is and as much as I enjoy the cuddling time, I know that if I don't do something right now, I'll fall asleep so here's my homage to the Hudson's Bay Company point blanket.

For those who've been following along for some time, I posted this EQ design a couple of months ago. I was pleasantly surprised at the response; clearly I'm not the only one with a love for those blankets!

Yesterday, the design went from this:
To this:
 To this:

As a number of you mentioned that you'd like to do one of these too sometime, I thought I'd share my measurements to save you some time. This quilt will be 90" square (I like my queen-sized bed quilts big).

Fabric for the top (NB: These are generous fabric requirements. I did not want a seam in the stripes and I knew I'd be using the colour stripes on the back too so I bought the stripe fabric for the width of the quilt):
  • 2 - 2.5 meters (3 yards) of off-white cotton making 5 meters (6 yards total)
  • 2.5 meters (3 yards) indigo cotton
  • 2.5 meters (3 yards) yellow cotton
  • 2.5 meters (3 yards) red cotton
  • 2.5 meters (3 yards) green cotton
Cutting Directions:
1. Fold all of your fabric so you will be cutting along the length of the fabric instead of the width.
2. From the off-white fabric, cut:
  • 22.5" wide by 92"
  • 2 - 6.5" wide by 92"
  • 6 - 4.5" wide by 92"
 3. From each of the indigo, yellow, green and red, cut:
  • 2 - 4.5" wide by 92"
Layout Directions:
1. Layout your stripes according to the design above, with your 6.5" off-white strips on the ends and the 22.5" piece as your centre, and sew them together.
2. You can square it up to 90" square now or wait until you've quilted it (I'd wait until you quilt it).

And voilà, you have your own HBC top. If you do make one, I'd love to see it and know if these directions are clear and easy to follow.

Being the rebel that I am, I'll be doing this "Party in the back" design for my backing. I'll share the measurements when I finish it. If you wanted to make this look like a true HBC blanket, you could make this top again for the back. 

I'm linking up with Allison and the other TGIFF! participants at Dreaming in Patchwork. She's got a fun Dorothy picnic quilt to share today. That's where I'm headed next!

Hope you have a great weekend!


  1. Beautiful finish! This looks like a perfect beach quilt! Can't wait to see the back! Are those measurements enough for the back too?

  2. Turned out great! Looking forward to seeing the "rebel" back!! :)

  3. That's awesome and thanks for sharing the requirements! :)

  4. This is lovely and very unique! I like "unique" in a quilt!

  5. Oh M-R, I can't even tell you how much I love it! It's spot on!

  6. ah, brings a maple leaf flag blush to my cheeks! lovely

  7. I really like this...I do want to try don't ever take it may be

  8. oh, super cool! thanks for sharing the math :) I think this would make a great 'guy' quilt - I'm trying to think more 'guy' in my fabric purchases & quilt patterns, since I'm so outnumbered at my house :)

  9. Wow! This is fantastic! DH and I received one of these blankets as a wedding present but it burnt with everything else we owned about six months after we were married. One of the few things left after the fire was four pieces of the blanket about 8 inches square. I kept them forever thinking I would make something with them but they never lost the smoke smell. I'll be watching to see your finished quilt.

  10. A beautifully classic Canadian quilt. LOVE it!

  11. Nice quilt M R - love the colours, so fresh and summery looking.

  12. Awesome blanket. I love the simplicity and the colors! I'm definitely adding this to my want to make list. Thanks for linking up.

  13. I love it! I always wanted a Hudson Bay Blanket when I was growing up, and now I can have one.

  14. Love it! Thanks for the measurements I definitely want to make one.


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