52" x 64"
Machine pieced and quilted on my home machine with Guterman white thread
Category: ROYGBIV Quilts
I loved this fabric line by Lizzy House as soon as I saw it and immediately purchased more fabric at one time than I ever had before. I had also seen a great tutorial for an appliqued circle quilt that I thought would really show off the cuteness of the print. I assembled all the appliqued blocks fairly quickly so was feeling pretty pleased with myself.
Originally I had made 6” wide strips of stacked coins from each of the fabrics for a border.
But when those strips were all sewed and cut and I placed them against the quilt top, it just felt too busy. So I put it all aside and promptly forgot about it to start something else fun and exciting. Fast forward 2 years and all these pieces were still sitting around – those Peeps must be mighty patient.
|Umm...hello? Remember us?|
I wanted to finish up the Peeps, but those stacked coin strips were just hanging me up. I tossed a bunch of ideas around and nothing seemed to fit, so I brought the whole kit and caboodle to the BMQG meeting in November for our massive show and tell. Someone (sorry I didn’t catch who, but thank you!) suggested cutting the strips skinnier and sashing them in white. YES!!
It turns out that I had EXACTLY enough to complete a full border and a long strip for the backing by cutting the strips in half – seriously! There were only a few inches left when all was said and done! The white sashing was perfect. It gave the circle blocks a little breathing room and made those rainbow squares pop as a border.
I had just enough of the rainbow strips left over to make a panel for the back, and added in a little knight's horse just for an extra touch of whimsy.
I really struggled with the quilting of this - not because it was difficult but because I love doing Angela Walter's chain squares pattern but still have not forced my machine into free-motion quilting submission. Which meant that at every corner of every square, I was rotating this quilt through the tiny throat of my machine. That's a lot of twisting and rotating!
It probably took the better part of a week of quilting a half-hour here and there and it was making me a little...resentful...toward the quilt in general. But once the quilting was done and the binding was in progress, I started loving it again.
I was originally thinking that it would be fun to do a bright stripe for the binding, but couldn't find any fabric that I was really in love with for it. Instead, I though this beige dot would be a nice compliment to the rainbow top.