Jul 13 2015

Bright Squares Quilt

Published by at 12:46 am under Quilting,Sewing

Bright squares quilt

This was a fast and fun quilt. Basically it consisted of taking a layer cake of Kona cotton solids (the classics in this case), randomizing them by throwing them in a big pile and then laying them out in a 6×7 grid. Yes, that simple. I wanted something to practice my longarm that would still be “fun.” I think this managed.

Bright squares quilt back

I quilted it with yellow thread to bring out the brightness a bit and used a gray wide back fabric that I got from JoAnn’s using a 60% off coupon (seriously a great deal that way — I will definitely be buying more of that when I get my next coupon). I love the way the yellow contrasts with the gray on the back. Batting was the Quilter’s Dream Green Polyester which is made from recycled bottles. I really liked the loft it had so I will probably use that again in the future.

Bright squares quilt closeup

The other thing that I find so cool about this quilt is that the colors go together so well, that at any given junction of 4 squares, you have a beautiful color set. So if I ever need some color inspiration, I can just go to my quilt to find it!

Binding!

The binding was done using the other half of the yellow stripes I used for the crazy 9 patch quilt.

Bright squares quilt binding

I tried a different method this time where I stitched it to the back first, folded to the front and then top stitched. I was happier with how this turned out overall, although my binding still isn’t as even as I would like on the back. I’ve got a couple more methods to test out on the next few quilts, so I’m not declaring a “usual” way just yet.

Bright squares quilt folded

But overall, I was really happy with this quilt. I’m sure I’ll use it — for picnics or color inspiration! It was very gratifying to make something that came together so quickly and still looked nice, so I’m sure I’ll be making another soon since it’s also great for longarm practice!

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