This quilt top is a diversion. I was supposed to be working on . . . hmmm, now I forget! LOL The diversion is ALL Alycia's fault. She has a thing for plaid. She makes gorgeous quilts out of them and I cannot get enough of them! She can't either. . . she is up to 20 something now? Every time I went to her blog and saw another, I got the urge to make one. . . and one day that urge was just too strong and the perfect storm hit, I had the fabric, I had the inspiration, I was between projects and I just started cutting :)
This quilt is made with Pepper Cory's Peppered Cottons and Brushstrokes. I've had the Peppered Cottons fat quarter bundle for ages. The Brushstrokes bundle fell into my Massdrop cart quite by accident. . . as bundles often do! Now, what to do with them? And then I saw this. . . oh yeah! The minute I saw it I knew I had my inspiration! Now to figure out block size to maximize the use of those beautiful FQs :) My head hurt for awhile due to that pesky quilt math but I went with 3 inch finished squares for a 12" finished block.
A couple in process photos:
|First blocks. The purple/mustard color blocks were my test blocks. But they turned out so well I left them in :)|
|I used the Brushstrokes fabric for the stars and the Peppered Cotton for the background of the stars.|
|Do you ever change your pictures to black and white to see if you are on the right track for distribution? I typically do this a couple of times during the process.|
|I strip pieced the 16 patches, very quick! And I chain pieced everything :)|
|Final layout and all sewn together. . . to border or not to border?|
|Border. . . more border? At this point I decided I would likely put this quilt on the guest room bed. More border required :)|
|Alycia does this really cool thing where she puts blocks in a portion of the border of some of her quilts. Love that look! So I decided to give a whirl. The border fabric is Essex Linen, Nautical.|
|All sewn together! This quilt is TOO BIG for my design wall. Between that and not wanting to take the chance of stretching this top much, I did not take it outside to attempt pictures.|
|Yes, the pictures suck but I promise, when this quilt is quilted - it will be overly photographed :)|
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