Today I am excited to share with you a new little quilt I made this week. Several weeks ago I entered a contest from Creative Grids - creators of MY FAVORITE rulers - through their Facebook page. I happened to win (big excitement for me!) and received as a prize the Creative Grids ruler of my choice. I chose the CGRSG1, 30 degree triangle ruler. I have been thinking about how I would like to have this one for probably the past year or so. I like the Rocky Road To Kansas quilt block and would love to make it, and this ruler could help me do that.
I received my ruler last Saturday at The Little Foot Quilt Shoppe, and while I was there I picked up a new precut fabric pack that they are offering there called a Cutie Pack. It is a pack of fat eighth cuts of fabric. It is a nice way to get a variety of coordinating fabrics. They even have patterns that you can follow using the Cutie Packs in the shop. You just need to add some background fabric and maybe some border fabric. I purchased my own Cutie Pack to see what I could do with the fabric and my new 30 degree ruler.
I had a white print in my fabric stash to use for the background. I decided to cut my strips of fabric 7" wide for my 30 degree triangle wedges. I chose 7" because I figured out that I could get 8 wedges from my colored piece of fabric, a nice even number that would allow me to make 2 blocks from each 7" strip.
You piece a white triangle on each side of a colored triangle. Then take those units and trim each down to a square as shown below. Sew 4 of these square units together to make a block. The ruler comes with much more detailed instructions, and there are some really good demos to be found on Youtube.
After I practiced on a few plain stars, I then pieced strips of fabric to make one 7" strip and cut the triangle wedges for the "striped" look.
I had some pink and green fabric in my Cutie Pack, but I decided to exclude those stars and stick with the gray, lavender and light aqua colors. At first I thought it looked too pale. This is a big change for me, as everything I make seems to be bright colors! I had the aqua and gray print and added it for the border, and I was pleased with how it all came together.
I went shopping to find something for a backing, thinking I would like a gray minky, but the gray was too much gray. Then I found a lavender gingham flannel, and I loved the way it pulled out more of the purple shades of the quilt top.
I quilted it using the pattern Enchant with a perfectly matching lavender thread. I love it! This pretty little baby quilt just needs binding. Below is the back.
Thank you, Creative Grids, for this awesome prize! I am already planning something next for this fun ruler.
I was trying to take some photos outside this morning, but they just weren't working out. Here is one where you can see the quilt in a different light.
I hope you enjoyed the story of my new little quilt. If you don't have a Creative Grids ruler, you should try them - really, grab your purse and run out to the store and get one :-) Or you could enter their next contest to try and win. I hope you do, you'll love it!
I'll link up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday. Have a great weekend!
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!