Today I finished this quilt, and I love it! It is made with all polka dot fabric and white background. Mom and I went to the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo back in August that was held in Monroeville, PA. There were some really spectacular quilts to see, but there was also a lot of shopping with the many vendors that were there. What I purchased that day was the Sweet Tooth quilting book and some jelly roll 2-1/2" fabric strips that were all polka dot fabrics. This was a homemade collection that one of the vendors put together herself, and I thought her fabrics were really fun.
Above you can see the book. It is written to be used in conjunction with the Strip Tube Ruler. I found the ruler and also the additional blue polka dot fabric for the border at one of my favorite local shops, The Little Foot.
The pattern I used from the book is called "Tube Cake." Below you can see some of the process. You sew the strips together to make pieces with 3 strips each. Then you put those face together and stitch them down both sides. This makes the tube of fabric. You line up the Strip Tube Ruler on the fabric tube just right and cut. When you open them up you get these lovely squares. It is a lot of fun to open those squares up and see the colors together. This is also a nice quick process to make the blocks needed for this quilt.
I am also really pleased with the quilting design on this one. I tried another new pantograph called "Tail Feathers." I thought it suited the playful polka dots just perfectly. I used white thread, and the backing on this quilt is white flannel. So if the photo looks a little fuzzy, that's because it is a little fuzzy! This is a really cozy quilt.
Below you can see the backing, and the quilting stands out pretty nicely. For the binding on this quilt I had enough portions of strips left over that I used them for a scrappy binding, and I love the result.
I must admit I had a difficult time getting nice pictures today. It was late afternoon, and the lighting just wasn't right (both inside and outside), and the wind kept kicking up (just outside, thankfully :-).
That's my Friday finish. I would recommend the book and ruler, especially if you like quilts that go together fairly quickly and use precut fabric bundles. I hope to show you some other projects from the book in the future!
I'll be linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday. Thanks for visiting!!
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I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!