End Game Mini Quilt

Friday, January 4, 2019

A few months ago, Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon posted on Instagram that she was looking for people to test her new End Game quilt pattern. As a pattern designer myself, I really enjoy testing and editing other designers' patterns. It goes with the philosophy that like a rising tide, we all rise together. The industry grows and gets better when we all work to lift each other up. Jemima is releasing the pattern today, so I can finally share my version with you!

The End Game pattern has directions for both a large 62"x72" throw and a 20"x22" mini quilt. I was to test the mini version with one caveat: fussy cut the fabrics.


End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass


I had a bundle of Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics left in my stash after making my Rockslide quilt, and I knew these would be the perfect it for this pattern!

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

Fussy cutting takes extra time. Extra time when cutting and extra time when sewing. So it's perfect for a mini quilt and for fabrics that are a bit more special to you.

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

I could have only fussy cut the focal prints, but I decided to try to fussy cut the background fabric too! More is more, right?!?

After cutting, you're left with "fabric skeletons." These still have quite a bit of usable space left, so they're staying in my stash!

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

I was so thrilled with how my first fussy cut pieces matched up!

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

And the second was just as good!

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

Here are the step-by-step pictures of how I sewed each of the fussy cut triangles together.

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

My husband just couldn't wrap his head around why I'd cut up perfectly good fabric just to sew it back together to look like it was never cut apart to begin with. I'll just say it felt so good to succeed at it!

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

Once each of the rows was done, the real trick of sewing the rows together began! Which meant I spent a fair share of time with Jack the Ripper in order to get the pieces as perfect as possible. Some processes in quilting aren't the quickest, but the results are always worth the extra effort!

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

A fussy cut quilt top requires a pattern matched back!



End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

I pin basted the quilt on my cutting table with Warm & Natural batting.


 End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass


Then used my walking foot to quilt straight lines on either side of every seam in the quilt. (After all the quilting was done, I stitched a straight line all the way around the quilt to hold the seams in place in preparation of trimming the quilt.) All the piecing and quilting was done with 50wt Aurifil #2605 Grey - one of my most used colors!

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

As usual, I machine bound the quilt.

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

I love this quilt both for how it looks from afar and also up close!


End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

You have to look closely to see the fussy cutting in the background fabric.

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

Not all the triangle points line up perfectly, but I decided to focus more on the pattern matching of the fussy cuts for this quilt instead of perfect points.

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass


The back shows off the quilting. I love how this print makes the back it's own piece of art too!

 End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass
End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

This was my 64th quilt finish for the year when I finished it before Christmas! (I just couldn't share it until now!)

If you'd like to make your own End Game quilt, be sure to get the pattern from Jemima on her website here. She even has acrylic templates to make the cutting easier!


End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass

I'd also recommend looking through the hashtag #endgamequilt on Instagram to see some of the  other versions made so far!

This was such a fun quilt for trying something new! Have you ever used fussy cutting in a quilt? Have you ever fussy cut so the patterns matched back up?



End Game mini quilt with fussy cut Seventy-Six fabrics by Alison Glass



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6 comments:

  1. Wow this is a beautiful quilt and so impressive too! No, I haven't matched things up so they will line up, except maybe for a backing.

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  2. Wow...that's some amazing perfect matching. Well done.

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  3. I have done some fussy cutting, but not much and nothing like you did on this beauty!! Simply amazing!!! If you had not done the close-ups of the quilt, I would have been trying to figure out how to piece those larger triangles and background pieces as big chunks!! You should be really proud of the piecing on this one...awesome!!!

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  4. Another great quilt, Laura. Thanks for showing how you pieced those fussy cuts. Amazing! Love those AG fabrics!

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  5. That's some amazing fussy cutting! I've very rarely done any fussy cutting because I hate the thought of those fabric skeletons left behind. I do admire it when other people do it, though :)

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  6. That's some amazing fussy cutting.I've never done any fussy cutting

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