I finished my version of a modern quilt top this week:
Using one Bungle Jungle charm pack and 2 1/2 yards of White Solid , I whipped this puppy up in just a few days! I started working on this quilt last week.
I started off by making a total of 42 blocks since there are 42 charms in a pack.
I arranged them on my design wall randomly, turning each block in a different position.
While I like this arrangement, I didn’t love it, so I tried laying out all the blocks in the same orientation. I liked that better.
It must be my OCD kicking in!
Next, it was a simple feat to sew the blocks into pairs and then join the pairs into rows to complete the top.
Each row had 6 blocks (or 3 pairs), and I sewed a total of 7 rows. I pressed all of my seams open so it will be easier to quilt and fabric won’t shadow through the white.
Once I finished sewing all the blocks together, I realized I needed to add a strip of white to the left of the quilt top and one across the bottom to balance the design.
This would create a continuous border of white all around the quilt with plenty of negative space for creative quilting.
Instead of cutting one long strip for each border, I cut 13 rectangles, 4″ x 8″ each and made 2 pieced borders. The left border required 7 rectangles and the bottom row needed 6 plus a 4 inch square for the corner.
I’m pleased with the quilt top and will start machine quilting it next week. It will finish around 52″ x 61″ which will make a nice sized baby-throw.
I have a few ideas that I’m going to think about over the next several days before I begin quilting. I really want to incorporate this hand stencil in the white areas:
I’m thinking I might randomly quilt the hands in the white areas, joining them together with loopy stippling designs. I’d like to quilt something fun in the charm squares too, like perhaps a different shape in each block. If you’ve got any suggestions, please send them my way!