Monday, 17 February 2014
Colour Wheel Quilt... But With Squares!
My apologies if you are searching the World Wide Web looking for the traditional colour wheel quilt (which has a circular design) and have stumbled onto this post. Mine is definitely square.
Whilst I was drafting my Colette Peony muslin I really didn't want to waste any of the leftover calico that inevitably builds up as a result of pattern cutting. I started cutting the larger scraps into four and a half inch squares, and then I remembered I had a few plain charm packs in my stash and a colour wheel quilt was the obvious way to go. All the fabric and the wadding used is 100 percent cotton which, upon washing, gives a slight shrinkage which I think gives a new quilt a soft, slightly crumpled, antique feel.
I had a great time auditioning each colour square for the quilt and arranging them into an order I was happy with. My daughter's friend had a birthday coming up and so I had a recipient in mind.
It was very easy to put together. I have not, in the past, been as accurate with my piecing as I would have liked but feel I have found a great improvement with three things 1. accurate cutting 2. a quarter inch sewing machine foot and 3. double fork pins to hold everything in place before sewing.
I was running a bit short of time so the quilting had to be simple so I just quilted around the colour blocks. The photo above shows the quilt all folded up ready to be wrapped for the birthday girl.
A lovely bonus of a birthday quilt is that you can write a special message on the back. My daughter wrote this message to her friend in fabric pen and I stitched it in place. In case anyone is wondering 'penblwydd hapus' is 'happy birthday' in Welsh!