colorful modern patchwork handmade quilt by the sewing chick

I have learned a valuable lesson from finishing this quilt. So often, I am all about the fabric. I love fabric. No, I loooooove!!!! fabric. My quilts tend to feature the colors and patterns of favorite fabrics, and I consider the quilting to be secondary, you know, just a way to keep the layers together. But this quilt has taught me that the quilting design can make a huge difference in how I feel about the finished piece.

I liked the Bonnie and Camille Happy Go Lucky fabric. I  liked the simple pattern of alternating 9 patch and snowball blocks. I liked the Moda Bella Aqua solid. I just didn’t like them all together. But the quilting in the centers of the snowballs made them pop and now I love this quilt.

From now on, I will consider how I am going to do the quilting at the design phase of quilt making and not merely as an afterthought. I will, I swear!

The backing is a pretty aqua and white Ta Dot from Michael Miller and the binding is from the Marmalade collection, also by Bonnie and Camille.

I didn’t use a pattern – I had a layer cake of the B&C fabric so that dictated the size of the blocks. I cut each 10″ square into 2.5″ strips and pieced the 9 patches from those. The remaining 2.5″ strips were subcut into 2.5″ squares for the corners of the snowball blocks. There are similar patterns on the market, including this one.

The finished quilt is 42″ square, a nice baby or toddler size.

This quilt will be for sale in my Etsy shop as soon as I get that up and running, which is one of my goals for 2015. Well, okay, it was one of my goals for 2104, but didn’t happen. The idea of selling my work scares me, but I can’t keep piling up quilts in my house forever!!

Linking up today with Amanda over at Crazy Mom Quilts and Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Have a super weekend and Happy Sewing,

Tessa Marie

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