Type of item: Functional
Style: Funky, Casual, Whimsical
100% Cotton quilting fabric for top, muslin backing, low-loft polyester batting.
What was your inspiration?
I have TONS of leftover fabric scraps, especially in blue, so this was a stash-busting exercise. You'd never know it, because it doesn't look like I made a dent in my stash at all. I put in some Cars and Peanuts/Snoopy fabrics just for the heck of it, and unwittingly, the quilt turned out to be more for a little boy - not the original intention, but it'll definitely work. I just need to find a little guy to give this to now.
What are you most proud of?
I like the blue and white contrast. I used all sorts of prints, including Holiday, and some funky batiks that you would not think would work well but in the end, it all flowed together nicely, or so I think. Oh, and the border is paper pieced. I took those bargain brand writing tablets and cut the paper length-wise, so one sheet made two 4 1/4 by 11 inch strips. I taped them together until I had 4 looong strips [for each side of the quilt], and just began sewing scraps on the paper without measuring, or anything. I just made sure the fabric covered the paper. I trimmed the fabric to the strips' edges, and it was super easy to tear the paper off, since it was "bargain" paper - the perfect paper piecing tool!
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Just relax, have fun, and take your time. Don't overhink it. I certainly didn't. Easy, easy to put together and quilt.