This quilt is going to a very close friend in need of a quilty hug. Here it is on the design wall on Sunday:
I saw a quilt on Midget Gem Quilts, made by Helen for a cousin of hers, which is gorgeous, and I knew instantly, this was the quilt. Helen and I have been chatting back and forth over the past few weeks thanks to us each having joined the New Bloggers Hop. She has a great blog, great sense of humour as well as a great sense of colour. Enough greats for you to go check her out? I hope so. When I asked if I could use her design as the basis for a quilt for my friend, she said go for it. Mine is a bit different: I used 4.5" squares, whereas she used 5", and also mine is slightly differently-shaped. All of the fabric, except for the backing, which I bought yesterday at Guildcrafters Quilt Shop, is from my stash. There are some scraps (for example: wave fabric from Cloud 9, Tula Pink aqua fabric, hot pinks from my daughter Brianne's second quilt), some that was destined for kaleidoscopes (ex: circles fabric, second last row, centre, and "fireworks" aqua and black fabric, third row from bottom, second from right), and some bought just because I loved it (ex. Australian fabric 3rd row exact centre square)
Yesterday I only had a half hour or so of sewing time, so here is where it currently sits:
Reminder of a previous Tip: I'm using the "Book It!" method for this quilt which is so awesome in keeping all the squares organized. I wrote a tutorial which you can find under the tab up top or click here. I'm on Step 6 right now, where I'm beginning to piece the "books" aka pairs of squares, into columns. Because the heart is not a square shape, I pieced as much of the square part as I could with that method, and I've got the bottom three rows sewn into rows, attached with a chain of thread holding each set together so they don't get out of order. For the background, I plan to add in big squares and a couple of strips as opposed to filling in everything with more white 4.5" squares.
And one more reminder, a day late. After a 2-week break, the New Bloggers Hop is back for Week 3 with more wonderful prizes to be won. Here are the 4 quilters in my hive
Julie of Pink Doxies
Carrie of The Zen Quilter
Lori at Sew Psyched
Cindy at Sewing Moxie
The other 3 hives with their new blogger posts can be found at:
Meadow Mist Designs
Quilting Jet Girl
Happy Reading! I'll be linking this post up with Stephanie's Tips and Tutorials Tuesday at Late Night Quilter, and also with Nicky's Scraptastic Tuesday at Mrs. Sew and Sow.
I'm also linking to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts. :-)