Something shifted a few weeks ago when I made my first pieced backing for the bright swirls quilt. Buying fabric for backings and making the backings suddenly became as much fun as making the tops…and since then I’ve been making fairly swift progress through the big bin in the storage room that holds all the projects that are waiting to be quilted. The bright scrappy stars quilt which I blogged about when I was piecing it and layering it several months ago has finally been completed!
I spent some time last night quilting the first Scrappy Stars Quilt. There is a second Scrappy Stars Quilt in the works but it is made with black stars and scrappy centers. This bright colored one has been in the works for a long time. You may remember seeing it a year or so ago on the old site. The top has been finished and the quilt has been layered and waiting for me to quilt it for about a year.
A year or two ago, I participated in the Happy Squares Swap. My niece Lauraya and I enjoyed making and collecting the blocks. This past week we started sewing them together into a quilt top. 2 rows down, 4 to go!
My nephew Alex fancies himself a cowboy and is very much into horses…real ones and toy ones. He spends hours arranging his toy horses in fences and keeps an eye out at Aldi’s for boxes which would make good barns. In short, he’s horse crazy. Any time he has the opportunity to buy a new toy, he gravitates to additional horses for his herd. This is why when I saw this horse fabric at JoAnn’s a couple of weeks ago I knew I had to get it and use it to make a quilt for Alex.
After I shared the finish of the top and the layering for the Bright Swirls Quilt, several people asked about the pattern. The pattern is very easy and is fun, so I thought I’d work up the pattern and the cutting list for those who want to make a similar quilt. The quilt is constructed using the Rolling Stone Block which I got from EQ7.
For the quilts I’ll be featuring in this post, I started with a nifty feature in EQ7 which allows you to choose a complex setting scheme and then apply blocks, fabrics, and colors to the scheme. I started with a layout for a 47×47 inch quilt…a good size for a lap or baby quilt.
This quilt first began to come to life a couple of years ago thanks to Christian romance author Autumn Macarthur. Autumn gifted me with a surprise gift of money to buy fabric for the charity quilts I make as a thank you for some editing I had done for her.
There are patterns that I like because they seem to multiply steadily while you’re not watching and then quite suddenly you have a bunch of them. That’s exactly what happened with these blocks which I’ve heard called mile-a-minute blocks, crumb blocks or scrap blocks.
Finally, at long last, the blue butterfly quilt is finished! I decided to quilt it with a bright pink all over stipple design. I backed it in a blue print and used the same blue print for the binding. The binding is machine stitched with a decorative stitch.