As a reward for finishing part one of my Spring Cleaning efforts, I decided to treat myself to a quick quilt top from a pattern that kept popping up on my Instagram feed that looked both quick and simple!
- Project: Adventureland Quilt
- Pattern Designer: Suzy Quilts
- Total Cost so far: 46.20 + HST for the quilt-top & binding
- Bonus: 8 extra strips for another project plus extra ~40" quilt-top
As part of my intro to quilting, I have read many of Suzy Quilts blog posts and when her new Adventureland pattern kept showing up, I knew I had to sew it! I don't work with solid colours often, but I wanted to see what I could come up with using the Tula Pink Solids Design Roll that we stock in the shop.
Note: Suzy Quilts is currently in week one of a Sew-Along and its not too late to join in! (Week one is picking your fabric)
The roll itself had a few singles, but enough double pieces that I could make up pairs of strips for the baby size which called for 8 colour strips per quadrant.
The pattern itself lists 28 pieces (the design roll had 40), however I ended up using 32 strips (8 colours x 2 sets of colours x 2 strips per colour = 32) and I chose to sew the entire length of each pair instead of cutting to length.
While quasi following the pattern, I had an idea in my head to get two quilt tops for the price of one, so to speak. Even if that plan didn't pan out, I figured I could use the rest of the piece to do something with!
Now I know jelly/design rolls aren't perfectly straight or sized all the time, but I figured that close enough would be the name of the game for this project as I wanted quick and simple.
I pressed all the strips and proceeded to piece them in pairs and carefully keep them in order (although I took a picture of my plan just in case).
It turns out that I managed to only sew one set of strips on backwards, so one seam to rip wasn't too bad!
After squaring up my colour strips, I added the white triangles and trimmed the diagonal cut on each quadrant.
When I measured the offcut to the original, it was only about 2" different with the stripes in reverse order - woohoo! Two quilt tops will come from this project!
While my top didn't end up perfectly square, it ended up quite close!
I don't have a design wall set up, but the bed worked just fine for the final layout and subsequent clipping.
The only thing I think I changed on the final seam was I did it in two parts. I started at the center seam and worked my way outwards so that I knew that the middle would line up perfectly.
And voila! Quilt top that I managed to finish over the weekend!
Next up: Picking the backing fabric! I think I am leaning towards Tula Pink's Fairy Dust in the purple since I don't want to mix the off-white with white.