For a swap at the Houston Modern Quilt Guild last year, I made a purple and gray mini quilt using a circle of geese foundation paper piecing pattern. The FPP templates I used were from Piece by Number’s website (Colorwheel Geese). This is a pretty straightforward, four-piece, 12.5″ unfinished block.
I made this a bit ago when my stash wasn’t as extensive. I stuck with my mainstay colors of gray and a gradient of purple. I made the block and added some quick borders. I’m usually not a huge fan of borders, but in this case I wanted the mini to be a bit more substantial.
I added some quilting to accentuate the circular layout of the geese and a purple border.
A colleague had a lovely baby girl named Winslow recently and I made her a baby quilt to celebrate. I pulled out pink and purple fabrics from my stash and set to work. I chose a purple flannel for the backing that would be soft and cozy for the new little bundle of joy. For the front, I combined a pink, plaid flannel with eight pink cotton prints. I chose a simple checkerboard design with the plaid flannel dispersed throughout.
As with all my baby quilts, I machine bound the edges. I always feel this is more secure and up to the task of many washes and tougher use. I used a decorative leaf stitch with variegated pink thread.
Baby quilt for Winslow with solid purple back ground and pink checkerboard front
Binding detail with leaf stitch
Dimensions: 42″ (l) x 42″ (w), approximately
Fabrics/Notions: Pink plaid and purple marbled flannel from Jo-ann’s, assorted pink quilting cottons, Aurifil pink variegated thread for binding. Assembly: Pieced, quilted, and bound on home machine
The course provided a fabric kit with Art Gallery Fabrics (Bespoken by Pat Bravo) with hexagons in dark purple prints, a turquoise and a purple fabric for the main parts of the quilt, and a striped fabric for the binding. I decided to use all the dark purple hexagons and make the front and back out of the turquoise or purple. I arranged the hexagons in an organized pattern starting in the corner with a few that disperse out. I did the same pattern mirrored on the other side. I sewed on all the hexagons with a 1/4″ seam before assembling the quilt.
Turquoise side of the hexagon quilt
Purple side of hexagon quilt
For the quilting, I sewed around each hexagon with small (1/16 – 1/8″) seam through all layers. I matched the bobbin thread to the background color of the bottom layer when I quilted each side. Then, I finished up the quilting with a few randomly placed hexagons to cover the quilt. All in all, it was a great technique to learn and my class sampler will hopefully make a great baby quilt.
Close up of the hexagons and quilting on the turquoise side