Wonky Windows I-Spy Patchwork Quilt

My belated ‘ta-da’. I’ve finally managed to put together a group of photographs of the quilt I finished last week. It’s definitely a tricky time of year to get accurate colours in photos, what with the reduced hours of daylight, grey clouds and low level sun.

This morning there was a slither of an opening in the clouds, just above the horizon, so I wrapped up warm and took my quilt out into the garden for it’s 8.15am, rising sun, photo shoot!

Thanks to youngest son for taking a walk across the road to hold up the quilt in public!

I’ve called my quilt ‘Wonky Windows’ as a way of describing the stained glass window effect of all those shards of fabric and the off-set sashing between the blocks. The blocks were made following the Scrap Vortex method I’ve used several times before. Of course, each Scrap Vortex quilt is different from the last. This time I chose to avoid pink fabrics and flowery prints. There are quite a few novelty prints mixed in with the regular quilting cottons which is great as the crazy layout lends itself to a game of I-Spy 🙂

Wonky Windows measures 65″ x 50″. The Royal Blue sashing and border fabric is an extra-wide backing cotton. It has a slightly denser weave than most quilting cottons which is helpful as it’s slightly stiffer texture doesn’t stretch on the bias so helping to tame the edges of the scrap blocks. I quilted a 2″ spiral all over the quilt, starting from the centre, using the walking foot on my machine.

The double layer binding is made from a zig-zag print. This was stored in my stash awaiting the right project. I try and purchase half metre cuts of stripey fabrics when they are on sale as these prints make perfect binding IMHO. I actually had nearly a whole metre of the zig-zag print so I cut the 2¼” strips for the binding first and then used the remainder of the fabric in the pieced backing.

And of course I made a label! I managed to make this before piecing the backing so it is a fully integrated part of the quilt. It all came together pretty quickly and it feels good to take a bit of time to celebrate this finish 🙂

The quilt is now listed in my Etsy shop, AllisonsPatchworks, along with the novelty fabrics I’ve been busy fussy-cutting and putting into packs 🙂

Linking with Wendy for the Peacock Party and Michelle for the Beauties Pageant. Wendy has recorded the progress she has made on the Pandemic Sampler and Michelle has been interviewed about her experience of selling her excess fabric stash on the FeelGood Fibers site.



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