Friday, March 25, 2016
April Showers Quilt
I made this quilt top based on a photo I saw on Pinterest. This square-in-a-square (in a square) has simple construction and shows off pretty prints. The top could be made using a mini charm pack, a jelly roll (2 1/2 in. wide strips), and a yard or so of solid fabric. My squares are 3 in. finished.
One of the things I enjoyed about this project is that it required very little measuring. Some days it's Thanksgiving from scratch and some days it's pizza, you know? Both taste good. After deciding how large to make the center square, all you do is sew the short sides of the next square to either end, trim, then add the opposite long sides. Trim and repeat using four more strips to make a second square. Trim the block, done. No measuring, just squaring--that's the beauty of using pre-cuts! This is a modern pattern, so the setting triangles are exact halves of the whole blocks. Once the binding is attached the tips of the whole squares won't be visible, but that's modern: edge-to-edge patterns without borders, simple settings, and bold graphic style.
The fabric shown here is from the Moda 'April Showers' line by designers Bonnie & Camille. While 'April Showers' is hard to come by now, the newer lines by Bonnie and Camille use many of the same colors. I ordered a double-wide, soft grey gingham for the back from one of them ("Vintage Picnic").
The backing fabric arrived in the mail yesterday, so I hope to sandwich and quilt it soon!