While I was suppose to be working on another quilt for a wedding in October, Sister Suzy came home from practicum and said they were going to have a baby shower for one of the guys at the end of May. A distraction! Yes! So I went out on the web, looked around, did some thinking on subject and this quilt from Missouri Star Quilt Company
looked like a good bet. They called it the Simple Squares Quilt.
I thought the quilt would look perfect in a rainbow of colors. The quilt measures 42" by 54" after washing. I used a low-loft batting. That's all that Micheal's carries here in Phoenix. I need to check out some of the quilt shops, Jo-Ann's and Hobby Lobby to see if any one carries medium or high loft battings since I like them better.
The big block is 5-inch squares. The little block is 2 1/2-inch squares and the white sashing strips are 2 1/2 by 5-inches. Borders were 3-inches wide.
I used stitch-in-the-ditch for the quilting. I had trouble figuring out what to use in the border. I wanted diamonds or triangles but couldn't get the math to work. Then I had the bright idea to use a rectangle and connect them.
I took the leftover fabric from cutting the 5-inch strips, cut them 2 1/2" wide and sewed them in a rainbow for the binding. The next time I do a rainbow binding I will pick off the cut edges so that it will be easier to match up sewing the strips of bias together. I had some places where the color changes didn't match up neatly.
I used the last of the blue seersucker for the backing.
Sister Suzy will be adding a book to go with it. Will be fun to see what she chooses. I am betting Tuesday by David Wiesner
or The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
, both favorites from her childhood.
Well the label is on, so it is time to wrap this up and to wish that all of you have a great day.