ETA: I have released a pattern for the twin and queen versions of this quilt (it has the crib version too, for completeness). It is US$10 for all three sizes, but if you are quick and use the code BLOG, you can get it for 20% off! You can find it here in the shop.
Hello! Are you having a bright, colourful day? If not, I’ve just the thing for you – a Colour Explosion Quilt (or a Color Explosion Quilt, depending on where you’re tuning in from).
This quilt pattern is for a fun baby quilt I recently made; it measures 36″ x 48″ when finished. It’s quick to sew up and easy to adapt to your colour preferences.
Download the pattern for this quilt here:
You’ll need 16 fat quarters to make this quilt. I’ve divided my quilt into warm and cool colours, but you could choose whatever you like (this one could work well)*. One thing to remember though, is that you need to make sure there is contrast between the fabrics in each row. Each fabric should also contrast against the triangles it touches in the row either above or below.
Here’s my first version of the quilt, which shows you what happens if you don’t take care with the contrast:
You can see the second and outermost rows on the cool side of the quilt don’t have adequate contrast – as a result they read as if they are a solid mass of colour. To me this quilt is about movement as much as it’s about colour, so I want the eye to move quickly from the centre outwards. The solid rows were an impediment to this and that’s why they had to go. I think the revised version is much better.
So, 16 fat quarters. 8 cool and 8 warm. Contrast between fabrics that touch each other.
Each row has a flying geese unit and four HST units. The geese, unfinished, measure 6.5″ x 12.5″ and the HSTs 6.5″ square (they are 6″ x 12″ and 6″ square respectively once sewn into a quilt top).
If you have a particular way you like to make your HST and flying geese blocks, please use that method. I like to make oversized units which I then trim back to size (with Bloc_loc rulers).
I decided to quilt this one with straight lines and I really love how it turned out. I didn’t mark any lines at all, I just used the width of my walking foot as my measure and made friends with the word “organic”. As I came close to my pivot points, I slowed down and used a little ruler to check my distance (the distance from my needle [centred] to the outer edge of my walking foot is half an inch, so I pivoted when I was half an inch out from the next line).
I quilted lots of V lines in the top and bottom centre portions of the quilt, then either side of that were two U units. Finally, the last little triangles at the very edges of the centre were filled with smaller Vs.
I used three different colours of thread on each half of the quilt – tangerine, pink, apricot and then turquoise, light blue and teal.
For binding, I went with a navy blue. Half a yard will do it, easily (5 strips 2-1/4″ x WOF). If you prefer 2.5″ binding you’ll still be fine with a half yard.
If you’d like this pattern in PDF format, I have it here below for you.
That’s probably enough from me for today! I hope you’re having a great week and find some time for a little (or a lot) of sewing.
Until next time,
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