I purchase my batting by the roll, 30 meters long and wide enough for even the biggest quilts. More often than not when I cut batting for a quilt I end up with a left over piece that is too big to simply discard. Often those pieces are the perfect size for pillow covers or saved for potholders, pincushions etc. There is also an ever growing pile of batting pieces suitable for baby quilts. And that is how this quilt came about ~ custom made to fit a piece of batting.
According to Maggie Malone's 5500 Quilt Block Designsthis arrangement of traditional patchwork units is called Narcissus Motif and was first published by Kansas City Star in the early 1960's. I really like how the repeat layout of the single star blocks creates a secondary pattern, and even though I have used solids fabrics, I imagine it would look just as striking if you were to use printed/scrappy fabrics, on a plain background (or even a low volume background).
I have paper pieced the star units - using EQ7 to quickly and easily draw up and print the paper foundations - and as you can see I had a great time with the quilting. The quilting grid is an all over, edge to edge, 1 inch grid of intersecting lines.
For the back of the quilt I have used a single fabric from the 8 Days a Week collection by Ampersand Design Studio - Months in White. This large scale text print is perfect for backing fabric. All solid fabrics used are Robert Kaufman Kona Cottons in White, Red, Kumquat, and Candy Pink.
And I have finished the quilt with a soft pink/white stripe binding fabric broken with a small section of orange solid fabric ~
This quilt was listed for sale in my Etsy Store.
(but sold prior to publishing my post).
One piece of left over batting put to good use, with more baby quilts to follow.
Thank you for stopping by,
(I have tried sewing batting pieces together, either by zig-zagging the edges together, or slight overlap, but neither have been satisfactory for my
perfectionist needs. I am particular about my quilts, and cannot have a wobble or crease in my batting. I am however keen to try fusible batting tape, soon - it has been ordered and I'll be sure to let you know how I go).
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