Here are some additional photos of the quilt.
In my quilt, I used the Rainy Day Jolly Bar by Me and My Sister and the Sky Blue Kona background material. I love these fabrics! They are bright and happy! Since I was participating in the Jolly Bar Jazz Quilt Along, the Fat Quarter Shop sent me the pattern and a gift certificate to help pay for the cost of the fabric.
The large quilt blocks are built from a center square and two kinds of blocks easily cut from strip sets. I chose to use a fish fabric for the center square in each block. Although the diagonal blocks look complicated, they are a breeze to make using the strip set method. See the photo below.
I had a lot of fun arranging the blocks on my design wall. Although the quilt is scrappy, I wanted to balance out the colors and fabric designs. The collection ranged from cute rain prints to solids, wavy lines, and stripes of varying widths. I waited to complete sewing the blocks until I was satisfied with the distribution of the colors and fabric designs. See photo below.
Once I had sewn each block, I then completed the top by adding the background lattice strips and border.
I decided to quilt the top using free motion quilting. I am still learning this technique. However, sometimes you just to have to be brave and go for it! I outlined each of the nine squares in the blocks by quilting in the ditch first. Then I used free motion quilting inside each square and in the lattice strips. I made spirals for each center fish block. I used a leaf template for the border. Overall. I am happy with the way the quilting turned out. However, I am still learning. All the quilting was done using my longarm. See photo below.
Participating in this Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along was a great experience! I hope to have the opportunity to do it again sometime. I do have some scraps leftover from cutting the strip sets. I have an idea for how to use them to make a table runner or placemats. Stay tuned for that upcoming post!
I am a quilter who is starting a new adventure. After retiring in May 2016, I became a certified Quilt in a Day Instructor. I am certified to teach workshops using Quilt in a Day patterns and techniques. In addition, I am designing my own quilt patterns.
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