Wednesday 13 February 2013

Bounce part 1

I got my first commission!  Yeahhhh!

The in-laws were visiting and spotted some of the works in progress I've been playing with and Auntie Maura asked if I'd make her a quilt for a single bed.  I had been waiting to try out the pattern "Bounce" by Miss Rosie's Quilt Co. and knew this was my chance.  Of course I said yes.  Now I am new to quilting but am definitely up for this challenge. 

Bounce is a lovely pattern of stars, little or large, scrappy or one-material, with a lovely pieced border and completely adjustable in size. 

The pattern makes a 70" x 70" size.  For a single bed I decided to lose two stars from the side and add one more row to give a 4 x 7 configuration that should measure out at 53" x 78.5".  The pattern gives helpful hints on the last page to adjust sizes.  Each square can be made with a layer cake and some background fabric or if preferred FQ or yardage if on hand. 

As I was going to be buying fabric I checked colour preferences with Maura.  She liked a 4 pointed diamond quilt I had and the colours in that were very spring and modern.  Immediately I ordered a Vintage Modern layer cake but dismay!  The Quilt ship was all out so I picked Coquette by Chez Mois for Moda.  The colours are beautifully vibrant:  pinks, blues, lavenders, yellows and light greens.  Very spring like and perfect for this time of year.

There is an option in the pattern for small stars or large or a mix of the two.  I decided on the large scrappy squares preferring to mix the material within each colour-way.  I cut the squares from the print in one big cutting session.  Look at all those squares, aren't they soooo cute!

The block construction is easy enough, bit time consuming so it is important to chain piece and after a bit you get into the rhythm of it.  It’s really quite fun.  Once the individual squares are made the block is a 9 patch and goes together very quickly.

Here's an un-pieced green one and a pieced yellow one.  5 done, 23 more to go!

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