Some fairly recently purchased 5″ charm packs have refused to stay quietly hidden in my stash! I bought two of the sweet Moda 30’s Playtime charm packs along with two packs of plain coloured fabrics and just couldn’t leave them ’til later :-). I don’t like chopping up charm squares; it seems a shame to throw away off-cuts or have lots of the fabric hidden in seams. The 30’s reproduction prints asked for a simple patchwork design and I decided on my default block – half square triangles.
For the backing and binding I chose three 30’s repro prints from a different Moda range. The fabrics arrived the same day I read a blog post at Meadow Mist Designs advocating bed sheets as quilt backing. Reading Cheryl’s measured investigation of the pros and cons of using bed sheets and the many comments added by fellow quilters I began to doubt whether I should use my fabrics on the back! But in the end I decided to stick to my plan for this quilt (I did nip up to ASDA and buy a king size cotton sheet to back another project!).
Although the quilt top has only five colours it does make me think of a rainbow and that inspired the simple quilting pattern. Starting with a small curve in one corner I just kept echoing the shape at 2″ intervals and I’m pleased with the effect 🙂
I had a self-imposed deadline to work to with this quilt as I wanted to add it to my shelf space in the pop-up craft shop in town. The shop has been open for eight weeks and will close next Monday, hopefully to be re-established in an empty unit in the shopping centre sometime before Christmas.
And having finished a project I treated myself to making the twelfth block in the Modern HST Quilt Along.
This one is called ‘Rockpool’ and provided the opportunity to practice making HSTs using three different methods.
See Alyce’s excellent tutorial if you’d like to experiment with one or other of the methods for making multiple blocks.
I must admit to feeling the need for a little break from trimming HSTs…
Pleased to be linking a finish with Amanda Jean for Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.