Saturday 21 May 2011

Urban Circus Rag Quilt

I loved the Laurie Wisbrun fabric line the moment I saw it, but it was hard to get hold of the blue 'earth' colourway so I ended up with more of the yellow & green 'spring' prints.

I knew I wanted to rag quilt it and then along came a tutorial from Moda Bakeshop 'A Day in Central Park' - uh oh, dilemma! I love central park and was busily collecting those prints too... but stuck to the plan.

This is the first time I've done 'quilt as you go' blocks, and these were so easy with just 2 diagonal quilting lines on each block. It was when I started joining the squares that my brain went a little screwy! You have to stitch them with the back sides together and I'm so used to 'right sides together' that the seam ripper came out a few times I can tell you!

I was going to back it in the busiest of the prints, the one with the circles and stripes but realised I didn't have enough so out came the seam ripper and instead I went for Kona Corn Yellow and Chartreuse.

Why is it as soon as a quilt goes outside for photos all the bugs in the world land on it?!?!?!

I'm going to add at least one, maybe 2 more rows as soon as my order of wadding arrives. It's currently 36" x 36" square.

I need to order some of those sprung loaded fiskars scissors for all the snipping ahead! and I'll make up some scrappy binding I think.

I think it looks really bright and cheery and I can't wait to hear what everyone else thinks so please leave me a comment.


Erica said...

It looks great! I love the back as much as the front. I've yet to do the "quilt as you go" method, so glad to hear it went ok, -despite the seam ripper making an appearance. I so hate having to undo stitches. I'll be doing the "quilt as you go" thing with my sampler quilt, so I'll let youy know how I get on. x

Manda said...

I love this! The colours are so bright and I love the wavey quilting lines! :)

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