Dots for Tiny Tots by Sharon Smith »
InstructionsI used a regular foot for this. It might be easier to quilt around the circles with free-motion quilting instead (especially the smallest circles).
Type of item: Functional
100% Cotton, including varigated color packs from Joann Fabrics and "Flying Colors Metallic" by Clothworks for the border
What was your inspiration?
I saw the pattern in a quilting book I bought and although I wasn't fond of the fabric choices of the main quilt, I liked their "alternative" colors much better. From there grew the idea of making something very bold and colorful for a pregnant friend, whose only plans for the nursery was to put up maps and possibly letters.
What are you most proud of?
The bold colors and the way the border plays off all of the colors in the blocks.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
The original pattern calls for a solid border. My biggest advice is that if you go with prints for the blocks, go with a solid, if the blocks are solids (or near enough in my case) then go for something crazy for the border that ties in the colors from the blocks. Also, you might think about trying to use free-style quilting. Trying to straight-line stitch around all those circles involved a lot of turning of the quilt.