Welcome to this post which is part of the biannual Bloggers Quilt Festival. It's great to be taking part again and I can hardly believe this is my third time. It's great to discover all the amazing quilts people make. Just click on the link to go to the festival home page to find all the different categories.
If you're regular reader apologies for featuring this quilt again, feel free to hop off and visit some of the other entries!
I've decided to enter this recent cross/plus quilt I've made in the Baby Quilt category
As I thought about a simple effective pattern I remembered Katie Pedersen's great quilt she made and for which she also had posted a tutorial, so it made it really quick and easy- no need to re-invent the wheel!
It took me a little while to hit upon this colour scheme as I pulled out various fabric combinations, but when these came to me it really gelled as a great vibrant combination for a wee boy. I find the best way for me to choose fabrics is to pull things out and put them together in piles and usually I think no, no no and feel a bit blah about my options then suddenly I hit on something that sort of clicks into place.
I used a design wall to arrange the individual squares and the piecing didn't take long at all.
On the back I set in left over pieces of the original fabrics between pieces of Kona
(Copen I think it was)
I quilted it in the same orange peel design that seemed to work so well on Katie's quilt. The squares are perfect for fitting the design. I marked the centre of each square with a dot and free motioned away in a variegated blue thread. Some of the liths/petals aren't perfect, but the general effect is good and it's a good design for getting more comfortable with free motion quilting.
I bound it in the lightest blue, which I originally bought many years ago from Fun Quilts (Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr now called Modern Quilt Studio), the first time I ever bought fabric without seeing it in the flesh!
I hope the recipient has many happy play hours on this mat.
Ready for gifting this week.
Measures: 110 x 93cm (or 43.5"x37")
Pieced and Quilted by me on my domestic machine
Entered into the Baby Quilts category