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Monday, December 6, 2010

Carol's Challenge

This is the quilt! I'm excited to tell you that I won Third Place!!!

It is a super easy pattern that goes together quickly and since the blocks are made of squares and rectangles, there are no points to match. Do you like the color gradation? That is my favorite part. I think it looks like my imagination of the rain forest. Not a bad feeling on this cold December day in Wisconsin.

You may notice the shiny fabrics in the center and corner squares. Those are cut from a set of fat quarters that I won at a quilt shop years ago. Finally, I found a project that was the right fit.

I machine quilted loops around each center square and along the block edges using free motion quilting on my standard size Bernina. I have yet to add the green binding.

I used a lap quilting method or a quilt as you go method. I pieced the blocks and then sewed them into rows of six. For each row I layered the top, batting and a pieced backing strip from almost all of my leftover challenge fabric. I quilted each section, trimmed it to make it true or "Square", added folded 2" strips to the edges of the back, and sewed the quilted rows together. You then fold the strips over and stitch them down to cover the seam allowances. It's easy!