That about sums up my latest quilt top piecing project. I found this kit at my local quilt shop and fell in love. I had to buy it on the spot even though it wasn’t on sale (which isn’t like me at all). What is telling is that when I bought it, it didn’t go into the closet or stash black hole. I went to work on it immediately. I realized going in there were going to be a lot of pieces. Thankfully the kit came with the Batik fabrics already cut into 2 1/2 strips. Then I had to cut my braid pieces from the template–8 each of 30 different colors for a total of 240 pieces. 24o pieces don’t make a quilt overnight, so I’ve been enjoying constructing the 336 inch braid over the last two weeks. I loved watching the colors come together. For some reason my block size was larger than the kit instructions, so I had to get creative with my blocks and the final layout. The pattern had a nice symmetrical layout which I was not able to duplicate. So just to shake things up even further, I rotated some of the braids to point in the opposite direction. With all these beautiful Batik colors, I didn’t think I could go wrong with any layout. Of course I had to put my own touch on it.
This afternoon we had severe thunderstorms, so I raced to get the borders added on before the storms started. I wanted to share at “show and tell” at my guild meeting tomorrow night. I don’t operate my Bernina babies when there is an electrical storm…too much risk. The pattern – Rainbow Connection designed by Osie Lebowitz features the Timeless Treasures Tonga Confetti line of fabrics. These fabric are stunning. You can download the free pattern here http://www.ttfabrics.net/cgi-bin/fabricshop/patterns.cgi?patternID=314
Here’s the finished top.
Thought you might like to see a close up of one of the blocks to see the brilliant colors. I’m becoming more smitten with Batiks ever time I piece a top with them.
What will be next? I really haven’t thought that far. Oh yeah, I must get all these tops on my quilt frame and finish something soon! Piecing is so much fun though.
Until next time, happy sewing & quilting…