I’m making a quilt as a wedding present, I need to finish it by the end of February so I’m putting other projects to one side to concentrate on it. The happy couple asked for a bright and cheerful quilt in reds and oranges…not my usual palette as many of you will realise!
I chose a fat quarter bundle in reds and selection of yellow prints too. The pattern is called Radiant by Cosy Quilt Designs, I’d seen a couple on facebook and loved the effect. It’s actually a pretty simple quilt to make, just a set of squares in red and blue and another set in yellow and cream. They are then stitched across the diagonal to make two squares of half triangles.
The finished squares are meant to be 9″, I trimmed them to 8.75″ to square off any imperfections in my blocks! There’s 64 blocks altogether so it seemed to take forever to get through the pile of squares, but at least I know they should all go together nicely.
All I had to do was arrange the blocks in the pattern! I very quickly decided to just concentrate on the red block fabrics and pretty much ignore the yellow. I love how the pattern works out, you get a sort of Wow feeling as it appears in front of you with every square you put down. The one fabric I did hesitate over was the plainer looking red, it is a Kaffe Fassett print, but it’s from a different range, in the end I decided to place that one fabric more regularly, rather than random like the others. I think it’s worked ok.
Tonight I’m planning to stitch all the squares together, so if anyone thinks something needs moving, please shout out quickly 🙂
The quilt will have a narrow cream border and then probably a piano key border to use up all the leftovers. Hopefully I’ll be quilting it by the weekend.
Thanks for everyone’s comments and help, especially Claire and Kate, it always helps to have extra pairs of eyes and ideas. Claire suggested continuing the red triangles into the centre, it works so much better, just looks balanced. I’ve spaced out the greens a bit more evenly as Kate suggested, though I might have one last go at that green in the top left hand corner!
So here’s my new layout, please excuse the photo, I’m taking it standing on a little stool with my arms stretched out over the quilt, not a great position for someone with no balance 🙂