Oh, how I love the fabric that is patchwork! This quilt is an custom order for a three year old girl. Can you imagine? Such a lucky little girl, and one that knows what she likes. A Checkerboard Quilt was ordered and my instruction for the overall color palette was "we love color". What a dream customer. I too love color, and patchwork, and all the cute fabrics that I can pour into this quilt to make it extra special.
The last few days or so I have been busy working my way through my stash, cutting and finally sewing. I have included many fabrics that are sure to entertain a three year old child, from bunnies, birds, and bugs, to chickens, elephants, flowers, mice in teacups, and so much more. Note also that this sweet girl loves the color purple ... and I am pleasantly surprised to see just how many purple fabrics have made their way into my stash. That sure has changed.
A selection of more than 200 different quilting cottons make up this quilt.
I made 48 16-patch blocks ~ a total of 768 patches of fabric.
Each finished square measures 2.5" x 2.5".
Quilt top measures 60 inches x 80 inches.
This quilt was strip pieced because it is an efficient and methodical way to sew together what would otherwise be 768 individual squares of fabric. This can sometimes result in a less than random overall look. One way to ensure that this doesn't happen is to sew additional sets that are individually pieced; most of the fabrics that have been fussy cut - for example the Kerchief Girl and the Glasses - have been individually sewn together into a rows of four squares that are then incorporated into a 16-patch block.
This quilt top is now ready for basting and quilting.
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