Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Little Penguin Quilts Through the Year

Monday, June 30, 2014

Scrappy Bricks Finished!

It can be a good experience to work on something a little outside of your comfort zone, which this quilt was for me, at least color wise!  I bought a design roll of Kate Spain's Honey Honey last summer and used quite a bit of it on some other projects.  What was left was a lot of the bright fabrics that I don't sew with very often.  It turns out that I am getting to be a fan of orange!

I think this quilt has a sweet and spicy look to it with the combination of blues, greens, pinks, and oranges.  I used Cyndy's Scrappy Bricks design idea to put the fabrics together, and added the 1inch black bars to give the bright colors and prints some space from each other.  I decided to back it in a cool, summery blue, and bound it in my latest favorite, black and white polka dots.  I think the binding makes a nice frame for the quilt and ties in with the black sashing bars.  The finished size is about 36 x 40.

Unfortunately I kind of wimped out on the quilting... I was so determined to give some FMQ a go, thinking I could try a couple of simple designs in the bricks, but I couldn't quite get it to look the way I wanted.  So, after unpicking a bunch of quilting, I ended up  just loosely quilting it about 3 1/2 inches through the bricks and along the top and bottom edges of each row, mostly stitch in the ditch.  Hopefully for a small quilt like this, that will be enough.

All in all, it is fun to have a finish for June, and something bright and cheery to hang over the back of a chair.  

On to the next project!


Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

This looks fantastic! Simple but so full of color. Orange is my favorite color so I'm happy to hear you enjoyed working with it. I can't wait to share this with my readers.

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

Beautiful!! Orange is my husband's favorite color and with EVERY quilt he says "It doesn't have enough orange in it" No matter what the color scheme is or style, doesn't matter, all should have orange in his mind :)